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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Stratton Brook Pond Road, Fire Warden's Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, December 28, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We were able to drive to a parking area where the snow mobile trail goes off the left - about 3/4 mile. We had a 4 wheel drive truck, but an all wheel drive car made it in also. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Several crossings - all easy 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Has been cleaned up since last winter and now only a few trees to walk over or around. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We walked the road (about a mile) to the parking area and kiosk for the Fire Warden's trail. Once on the trail it was easy going, but mixed conditions. Snowshoes or microspikes were tough on the mud, rocks, but you needed something to grip. On the steep section up to the col, we used snowshoes going up, but some of us used microspikes coming down. Crampons would have been better coming down as it was soft and greasy. Avery was snow, rocks, ice and wicked windy. West Peak was like summertime compared to Avery - snowshoes all the way and moderate wind. Boreal chickadees and Gray jays visited us at the col.  
Name
Name: Cole 
E-Mail
E-Mail: scolekayak@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-12-29 
Link
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