Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, ME
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lot shared with Old Spec plowed. Compact snow on ground, no traction issues in fwd Jetta.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All frozen. Water audible on some. Most had rocks to hop on, ice held with some weight.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: 2-3 trees across trail. Herd path around, or hoppable.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Broke 6”+ fresh snow from 2mi onward. On steep terrain above 3000ft some light powder covered ice-encrusted rocks. *Mountaineering* snowshoes are a must— you’ll need some agressive spikes on those shoes in places! Above 3000ft I bushwhacked around some brown ice flows on the main trail. Very little traffic has gone between East & West baldpate— seemed like a light monorail, but I easily was breaking 12” of snow in areas. Between East and West peaks has a lot of exposed rock (between deep drift areas) which is rough on the snowshoes.

Once the ledges started on W. Baldpate, I changed into microspikes— the ledges has light ice, some snow and exposed rock, which the spikes handled well. Much more ice and this could be very sketchy.

Gorgeous & windblown at the summit!  
Name: Ericprov  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-18 
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