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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bald Mountain, Sunday River Whitecap, Old Speck Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Grafton Loop Trail, Old Speck Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, October 29, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: More than ample 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing significant 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns lower down; a bit of a hot mess within about 2 miles of Old Speck summit on Grafton Loop Trail. Same stretch, lot of undergrowth is beginning to obscure Trail when snow-covered, could use more blazes. Replaced a coupe of signs; all signs in good shape.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: We may have lost one nano-spike, one micro-spike, and one grey merino glove. 
 
Comments
Comments: 9” of recent wet snow on top of few inches earlier. I mis-read expected conditions as virtually no snow at trailhead at either end, so left the snowshoes behind. Probably a big mistake, though the unpacked nature of the snow and rough conditions underneath might have been tough on snowshoes, too. A couple miles in, about 4-6inches of wet snow start to make walking a little harder. Soon increases to 6-9 inches, a bit crusty, frequently to knee height or deeper, especially on steeper sections, around blowdowns, and around larger boulders. Often don’t know if you’ll sink in 6 inches to a stone surface, or 2 feet between boulders. 10+ miles of this was EXHAUSTING. Not sure snowshoes would have helped given the unevenness of the ground/boulders under the unconsolidated snow. Going down Old Speck Trail was a bit easier—less snow, one set of footprints, but still a lot of hidden low spots under snow and slippery conditions even with micro-spikes. Some rock slabs still exposed are covered with leaves and very wet from snow melt run-off.  
Name
Name: Roger Turgeon 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Rturgeon54@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-10-30 
Link
Link: http:// 
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