Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails: Firewardens Trail, Bigelow Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 30, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Vehicles can make it to the kiosk parking lot without issue. We went partway down to the pond, but did not go all the way due to a few large puddles, one of which had a boulder jutting out. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Largest one (at Stratton Brook Pond) is bridged. Others are rock hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: We cut out a few blowdowns, but about half a dozen remain on the Firewardens Trail. Some of the upper staircases on the trail are solid, but some of the lower ones have been breached and/or have trailcreep. The cover to the boxspring on Avery has been smashed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: I recollect a baseball cap hanging on a sign at the lower campsite, as well as one in the foundation atop Avery. 
Comments: Trails were generally dry, with the exception of some of the steeps on Firewardens Trail, and on the range. Some of the Firewardens Trail steeps had water running down them, making for mud and wet slabs. Some wet rock on the Bigelow Range Trail as well, below treeline.

Weather forecast was botched, as NOAA's mostly sunny forecast never panned out. Fortunately the summits cleared, so we had good views.

Apart from a bunch of folks descending from the camp sites, the trails were pretty quiet; we even had West Peak to ourselves (find an NH 4K above treeline peak like that on a weekend).

Some really strong foliage colors, especially just below the range, as well as on the slopes of a few nearby mountains. Not yet peak, but very nice.  
Name: rocket21 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-01 
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