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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Sugarloaf Mountain, Spaulding Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Unnamed trail, ski trails, Sugarloaf Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Sugarloaf parking lot 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: On the AT there were several good sized trees down that we ducked or crawled under and lots of small spruce or firs that encroached on the trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We purchased uphill access tickets $10 at the Guest Services desk - opens at 8. They will tell you specifically where to go - at lower levels through the woods on a snowshoe trail, then out onto the ski trails. However, it can be a challenge as there are no signs on the ski trails looking up. If you don't know the mountain, have them draw it for you on a map. They closed the lift on the top of Sugarloaf for wind, but it wasn't too bad by hiking standards. We hunted for the trailhead from Sugarloaf down to the AT for a very long time 30-45 min. Our advice is when you come to the helicopter pad with the wind sock, look to your right a bit before the helicopter pad. It was drifted in and firm packed here, so you will not find a packed trail. Beyond the helicopter pad, you will find a maze of broken trail as we wondered around looking for the trail. Once on the Sugarloaf Mt Trail, we went straight down to the AT junction. Breaking trail was not too bad, maybe 8-12" of fluff with a few interesting spots. From there, we pretty much stayed on the trail (white blazes are not very helpful in winter) until it veers right after the significant uphill on the Spaulding end. We wondered around there for 30 min at least until finally we found the trail, so look to your right after this uphill section. Some flagging at this point would be wicked helpful.  
Name
Name: Cole 
E-Mail
E-Mail: scolekayak@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-16 
Link
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