Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sentinel Mountain (Baxter State Park), ME
Trails: Kidney Pond Trail, Sentinel Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 28, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking at Kidney Pond--go all the way to day end to day use parking, room for a dozen cars near the trailhead and privy. Drive from south gatehouse was nearly 45 minutes dont' think the car in front of me hit 20 mph once. I was lucky to get a spot to park, its popular.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything was easily rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is clear, well blazed and trails signs are helpful with distances 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs in Baxter State Park, thank you Governor Baxter. 
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This is a real Baxter State Park, a little bit of everything on this 6.2 mile out and back hike. The summit elevation is just 1842' and the trail climbs almost 800' but it is a real hike with big rewards. Lots of bog bridges along the shore of Kidney Pond and the view across the pond is stunning. The Sentinel Mountain Trail pulls away from the Pond and heads to the mountain through nice forest and nearing the peak the trail gets steeper and rougher. The loop around the summit has open granite slabs with views as nearly as good as from the park's higher peaks. I went right, counter clockwise and enjoyed the big vista of OJI and Kathadin and around the the mountain super big view of Doubletop and Squaws Bosom (they call Moose Bosom now). This hike will make anyone fall for Baxter State Park.  
Name: Nordic Gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-09-30 
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