|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Brother, ME|
||Road walk, Marston Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, December 22, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Williams pond road was ok until stopped by a fallen spruce across the road. Fortunately Jim arriving at same time from Massachusset pulled the tree with his truck and its snapped leaving a 6' wide opening to get thru with our car. Later on we add to jump a small snow bank left by the plower. I parked at the end of the road. |
||Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||a compass ||
||North Brother shortest trail from Marston TH|
I left the van at 7am from Williams pond. Easy walking on the ski trail to join the Totes Rd. This road has a 2-3 inches crust of snow over gravel and ice. It prevented me from riding my bike. I gave it a try the day before and found it too difficult and a waste sucking too much energy vs walking. So I walked with microspikes on the road and for the first half of the mountain, than switched to snowshoes when postholing became miserable. Jim from MA opened the trail leaving Slide Dam at 6am (camping) and was followed by a group of 5 (from Abol parking lot). They did a fantastic work stamping the trail and saved me a lot of energy. Above treeline I went barefoot as rocks were present to avoid sliding. Whiteout on top with 40mph wind. I aborted my plan for Fort Mtn and went back down to the William Pond Rd. The tickness of the snow, high on the mountains, was about 2-3 feet deep. It snowed about 2-3 inches of fresh snow during the day.
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.