|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, ME|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 18, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Lot shared with Old Spec plowed. Compact snow on ground, no traction issues in fwd Jetta. |
||Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable) |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All frozen. Water audible on some. Most had rocks to hop on, ice held with some weight. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||2-3 trees across trail. Herd path around, or hoppable. |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
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.