Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 19, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plowed and ready to go. 3 cars in the lot when we started and about 10 when we returned. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All nicely bridged with the exception of one that was unfrozen and required care crossing with snowshoes. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns - step overs and go arounds. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw 2 friendly dogs today. One in a backpack, which made my day. 
Bugs: We looked but didn't see any. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The trail is well consolidated down low but still a little soft. I think the colder temps has kept the snow from packing into a sidewalk, so snowshoes are still the footwear of choice. We were the first ones on the trail and there was a inch or two of fluff coating everything. We used snowshoes from car to car. Up higher the snow depth was deeper. The sides of the trail measured over 3 feet (up to the handle on Scott's poles). Above 3300 feet, we encountered more substantial drifting and the snow was slick and powdery. We plowed through and made it to the West Peak. The East peak is totally unbroken right now and with the slick powder, we knew it would be slow going and with a time constraint, we left that one for another day. The descent was a combination of walking and snowshoe skiing, punctuated with a lot of hooting and hollering as we slid. It was a great day to be in the mountains!  
Name: Frankenfoot 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-01-20 
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