|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Center Hill (Weld), ME|
||Center Hill Snowshoe Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, December 11, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plowed parking area off Center Hill Rd in Weld, ME. There is a yurt (check Maine’s Bureau of Parks and Recreation site for hours of operation) and ice skating rink. The rink is closed at this time. |
||Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||One new blowdown in the middle of the trail just prior to the final hill ascent. Can walk around. This is a “floating” trail and can vary slightly year to year. Excellent flagging and signs. |
||Dogs are not allowed on the trails in this area. |
|Lost and Found:
||The Center Hill Snowshoe trail is open only in winter months. It is well signed and marked with pink flagging tape. During the first section there is both green and pink flagging tape. At the signed intersection for “The Rock” and the “Center Hill Overlook,” the green flagging tape marks the diverging path out to the rock while the pink flagging tape continues up the hill taking the hiker to the summit outlook.|
Recent warm temps, rainfall, and lack of significant snowfall have kept snow at very low levels in this area (3-4 inches, max). There is not enough snow on the ground to wear snowshoes at any point on this trail. The ground is frozen, though which keeps boots from trampling the ground.
Very nice view of Webb Lake, Bald Mtn (Washington township), Saddlewind/Saddleback, Rumford Whitecap (I think), Tumbledown, Little Jackson, Jackson, Mount Blue and beyond from the summit’s open viewpoint.
The park is open from sunrise to sunset, though there is no gate at this location. This is a fee use area with an iron ranger and kiosk. See site above for fees. There are also miles of groomed snowmobile and ungroomed cross country ski trails diverging from the parking area.
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.