Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak (attempt), Bigelow Mountain - West Peak (attempt), ME
Trails: Stratton Brook Pond Road, Fire Wardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 15, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking for about three cars at Stratton Brook Pond Road.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Streams and wet trail portions are all open. Sections of bog bridges are tricky. We had to remove snowshoes for one stream crossing. Not difficult, but time consuming. The few snow bridges we found were unstable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lots of blow downs on the lower portion of the Fire Warden's Trail. Walk arounds and step overs are good, but slow things down a bit. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Temperatures had been above freezing over night and all day. Snow conditions deteriorated all day. Previous packed trail was getting loose and sticky. Above Moose Falls Tentsite the trail was frequently drifted over. On the way back down, the trail had rotted enough between Moose Falls Tentsite and the Horn's Pond Trail cut-off that we would occasionally posthole with snowshoes on. A little cold weather should firm things back up. Moose have postholed the trail up in a few spots. Met one person barebooting up as we were coming down. I'm guessing she turned around somewhere near the Horn's Pond Trail cut off. Weather and trail conditions were fine for summitting. We simply did not plan enough time. When we got about .5 from the col we realized we were not going to be able to summit before our turn around time, and decided to turn around then. With where you need to park, you will need to plan on nearly 14 mile round trip to summit both peaks.  
Name: Frosty & Magoo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-16 
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