|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Sugarloaf Mountain, Spaulding Mountain, ME|
||Ski trails, Sugarloaf Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, December 6, 2018|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Easy parking at the Ski resort. $10 Uphill pass required. Worth every penny! |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Numerous blowdowns, bend-overs, hangers and face-slappers on the section between the 2 peaks. There are 3-4 sections which are quite overgrown on the AT and they are really hard to get through in the current conditions. I removed numerous branches and a couple of places I literally had to saw my way through. Plenty to work on for others who care to bring a saw (I recommend it) and there will be plenty of clean-up come Spring. |
||Dogs not allowed on the ski-trails and I would recommend not bringing dogs on the AT section. Conditions are simply too difficult. |
|Lost and Found:
||Sugarloaf ski trails (Toteroad), Sugarloaf Side tr., AT|
Wonderful conditions on the ski-trails. The Sugarloaf Side trail and the AT is a different story (see Trail Maintenance Section).
Upon entering the Side trail I saw signs of post-holing and was thinking "wouhh - somebody has post-holed all the way to Spaulding". Upon closer inspection those were moose-tracks and they disappeared a few hundred feet into the woods. After that - no sign of any activity. Trail-breaking not terribly hard as the snow is crusted and pretty solid. Breaking through 3-4" at the most except for a few sections around blowdowns and some steeper sections.
The trail corridor is quite obvious for the most part - except for the 3-4 overgrown sections - and there are visible blazes all the way. I only lost the trail a couple of places (much better than I expected) and they were only very short detours.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.