Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Old Speck Mountain, ME
Trails: Old Speck Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 11, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty, lot was plowed with some packed snow and ice that was mostly melted to bare pavement on our return.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Slush 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing to note 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few small step overs, my friend has a saw and removed the thigh high one on the spur trail to the summit. Well blazed route as it’s the AT. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw none today. 
Bugs: None :) 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Only a couple pieces of micro trash that I packed out. 
Comments: Finally hit my first Maine 4000 footer with 2 friends. We chose this to beat the forecasted rains later in the day and it was a wise choice. No rain until we drove back to Gorham,NH. Unusually warm day in January made the snow soft and a little sticky. We chose the snowshoes from the parking lot until the return. There appears to be a lot more snow above 3000 feet than I’ve seen all winter in NH. We all agreed that snowshoes were the only wise option as the huge postholes started to appear around 3000 feet. We saw one hiker descending in snowshoes and three others postholing their way down. This made some of the trail very difficult to walk on. We just couldn’t see how they enjoyed the day with pulling their feet out of 12 inch deep holes being made, but I guess it’s hike your own hike. Hopefully the predicted rain and more warm temps on Sunday help melt the mess and new snow will return someday soon.  
Name: Bradygirl1  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-12 
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