Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Abraham, ME
Trails: Rapid Stream Road, Fire Wardens Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, December 20, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Rapid Stream Road was plowed all the way to about 1/4 mile before making the turn over the 2 new bridges. However, beyond the winter parking area by the big boulder 1/2 mile down Rapid Stream Road AWD and high clearance is required and parking is impossible without blocking the snowmobile corridor. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Open water at all crossings. A couple of crossings require stepping on sub-merged rocks. I would expect some difficulty after the rain. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A handful of blow downs and some are difficult to navigate with the deep snow. Lots of debris but generally much better than we had feared/expected. Only had to cut one awkward bender. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: This is not an easy hike for dogs but should be okay for experienced winter capable dogs. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Rapid Stream Road is barebootable all the way to the TH.

Trail was broken out by what we estimated to be a single snowshoe-hiker - but not recently. Trail not consolidated and the snow is soft. It felt like we were breaking trail in both directions and we post-holed several times in snowshoes.

Above tree-line it got firmer and more crusted. We brought mountaineering axes and heavier traction but did not need any of that. Snowshoes were the better choice.  
Name: Longmark&Helle&Georg 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-12-22 
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