|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Spaulding Mountain, ME|
||Windrow ski trail, Timberline ski trail, Sugarloaf Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 11, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Slush |
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|Lost and Found:
||Although the day called for more than a 50% chance of rain and a bit of wind, we decided to see if we could tag Spaulding before that happened (I had gotten Sugarloaf 2 years prior). We arrived at Sugarloaf Ski Resort, got our uphill tix, put our snowshoes on at the base, were immediately met by ski patrol who asked us if we were going to Spaulding, took my contact info and asked us to call them and let them know when we had made it back down Sugarloaf.|
We headed up Windrow to the far right, mostly an unused trail. It was a warm January day and the snow was wet and slushy in places. We switched to Timberline Tr after the Bullwinkle restaurant mid-mtn. We could really feel the wind now.
We decided to skirt around Sugarloaf as there was no view anyway and ducked into the trees heading down to the Appalachian trail. The trail had been broken out but once we got to the junction it looked less broken out north bound. We broke trail the rest of the way. This section is well blazed and we were careful to pay attention to blazes and where we were going. The gps track I had downloaded from Gaia seemed a bit off, but we made it to the spur trail, broke some more trail (not too bad though with the lack of snow this year). They still haven't changed that sign. We took some selfies and headed back the way we came. When we got back to Sugarloaf, the clouds had parted and we got to take in those extraordinary views. It started spitting rain about 10 minutes from the car. It turned out to be an amazing day. Temps were 55 back at the car at 4pm and a lot of the snow on the slopes had melted by the time we came back through.
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.