Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Doubletop Mountain, ME
Trails: Doubletop Mountain Trail, road walks
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 5, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Kidney Pond day use parking. $15 day use fee for non-Maine residents. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easily rock hopped except for the major one on the northern section of the Doubletop Mountain Trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Parts of the Doubletop Trail have some erosion issues as well as a few blow downs, but no other issues. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs or pets allowed in Baxter State Park. 
Bugs: A few buzzing about toward the end of the hike. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Amazing hike with a hell of a payoff, but you earn it, especially coming from Kidney Pond. Longer with more elevation gain, and the last 0.3 mile or so to the south peak has 900 ft. of gain (so I’ve heard). To make it even more interesting, most of that section was wet with several areas of damp leaves, snow, and black ice. I brought light traction but got by without it, although it might be necessary if temps sharply drop below freezing and turn the trail into a glacier. I was genuinely uncomfortable going back down that section, even with traction, so I decided to take the Doubletop Trail down the north side of the mountain and walk the Tote Rd back to Kidney Pond. Definitely safer, but significantly longer- the road walk ended up being almost as long as the hike. Oh well, it was a scenic walk loaded with foliage, which made the trudge easier to bear.  
Name: Spencer  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-10-05 
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