Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Little Baldpate Mountain (attempt), East Baldpate Mountain (attempt), ME
Trails: Frye Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 24, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed parking for three vehicles about 0.1 miles from the trailhead, across the street, on East B Hill Road. East B Hill Road is in good shape from Andover; from Route 26 it's a bit rutty and sloppy. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossings were not an issue -- they're either snowbridged or, if not, can be crossed with care (deep snow on either side) 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A couple of small blowdowns -- easily walked around. Nothing of concern. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: For a trail that was more or less abandoned not too long ago, the Frye Brook Trail is in decent shape now -- well-blazed and also with (somewhat) new signage at the intersection with the AT, on the ridge that heads toward Little Baldpate and then on to East Baldpate.

We took this less-often-used route for the solitude and the fresh snow. We got plenty of the latter.

Our goal was East Baldpate, and certainly Little Baldpate, but with 2-3 feet of unbroken snow on the trail, we reached only the end of the Frye Brook Trail at our turn-around time and called it a day. At the intersection, this section of the AT is unbroken both ways -- three feet of fine powder, including the 0.4 miles up to Little Baldpate.

Frye Brook Trail is reasonably packed near The Cataracts, but beyond that, it's only broken and not consolidated.

Beautiful landscape -- plenty of moose activity, especially at the higher elevations.  
Name: Pancks and Tesco Heaney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-03-26 
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