|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Crocker Mountain, Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME|
||Golf course road, bushwhack, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, March 10, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Sugarloaf Golf Course plowed lot |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One crossing snowed over |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||AT is good, bushwhacks are what they are |
|Lost and Found:
||Sugarloaf Golf Course bushwhack, Caribou Valley Rd, AT, Redington bushwhack|
First, many thanks to the hikers who broke trail before us.
From the parking lot follow the golf course road down towards Hole #11 from which there is a bridge. Cross the bridge and follow snow shoe tracks for approximately .5 to .75 miles to Caribou Valley Rd - snowmobile trail. Turn left and follow snowmobile trail approximately 1.5 to 2.0 miles until you hit the AT junction. Turn right to head up South Crocker.
Trail was nicely broken out but will have some new powder after yesterdays snow. Parts that had wind will have drifting as that was already occurring just a few hours after we made our ascent.
Upon reaching the sign near the S Crocker summit we dropped our packs and made the 1.0 mile hike to Crocker Mtn. There are quite a few paths and most lead back to each other but a few are dead ends. We hiked this just as the snow was beginning to fall but as there wasn't much snow the trail should still be noticeable. Getting to Crocker there was quite a bit of wind so there may be drifting by now. Summit sign and cairn are completely covered.
Back at S Crocker we had a tiny bit of trouble finding the beginning of the bushwhack that hikers the day before had hiked but once on it we mostly had an easy time following it. At times it went slightly off the regular herd path that one follows in non-winter conditions but overall they did a great job of it. This section will have you really hiking through thick branches and ducking and scraping. Summit sign is completely buried but the white canister in behind is a foot above the snow. Heading back to the trail junction the trail was already beginning to be drifted over so by now it may be hard to follow.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.