Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Eagle Rock, ME
Trails: Back Route
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, February 18, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at East Outlet parking area and took snowmobile several miles into the trailhead. Trailhead is actually a bit more visible in the winter than in summer, but you still need to have an idea of where it is. Small homemade sign and pink ribbon and blue blaze. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: none 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are a few blowdowns. I do not know if this route is being maintained anymore. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: If you want to get Eagle Rock, the back route is now broken! Tough but short climb maybe 1.8 one way. We were glad we had a GPS track from this past summer. Some sections without blazes or pink ribbons, many blazes at snow level. We suspect others where buried. We were off trail at least three times, only once intentionally. Our track will get you to the top, but it will stray from the trail in places. The first .2 miles were deeply postholed. We think by moose. Rest of trail was a tough break. Random knee to waist deep potholing even with snowshoes. Steep sections were waist deep. We switchbacked to the right to avoid the ladder (only the rope was visible). Open ledges at top had a thin layer of ice and looked dangerous. We skirted the whole way across on drifted snow to find that the far edge of the ledge had no ice! Snowshoes off and bare boots the final few yards to the top! I'm not sure how often this route gets broken in the winter. Access is long without a snowmobile.  
Name: Frosty & Magoo 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-02-18 
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