|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Crocker Mountain, North Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME|
||Bushwhack, Caribou Pond Road, Appalachian Trail, logging roads|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, December 28, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We parked at the Sugarloaf Golf Course - plenty of space. |
||Ice - Black, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues - everything had a physical bridge or was easily stepped over. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||No issues. |
||There weren’t any dogs out there today. |
|Lost and Found:
||Lost a phone on the road walk on the way in but found it on the way out. ||
||There were five of us. We parked at the Sugarloaf Goof Course, worked our way up to the 11th tee, and then bushwhacked almost due west to Caribou Valley Road. The beginning is this route is flagged but the entire route was easy to follow since it had been used recently. The road to the AT junction was pretty slick. The AT was well packed and only I put snow shoes on (near Crocker Cirque Campsite) because (1) I was still managing to break through and (2) heel lifts. I kept them on until we returned to the AT junction. |
As reported by Cone Demon from yesterday the first half of their route from South Crocker to Redington was whack - they went to far right at the beginning and then over corrected it and ended up to far left. They did eventually get on the herd path the rest of the way. We corrected the errant route from the summit of South Crocker - go into the woods and turn left pretty much right away (there was a single ribbon) and then you can follow the herd path.
Instead of reclimbing South Crocker most went right-right-left-left along the logging roads to get back to the AT junction. It looks like we were the first ones to use this route since the snow was mostly untouched, except by some animals.
||Michael and Monica |
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.