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Peaks Elephant Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Elephant Mountain Road, logging roads, herd paths, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The lower part of Elephant Mtn. Road is plowed due to logging activity in the area. We easily parked 2 cars on the corner of South Arm Road and Elephant Mtn. Road and it would be easy enough to fit at least 2 more without interfering with logging traffic. Did not see any logging trucks or machinery during our hike.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The last 1/2 mile to the summit has some dense woods and snow-covered blowdowns that could be a bit tricky but otherwise great conditions for canines.  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Followed the plowed road for 3/4 mile past the left turn on Elephant Mtn. Road and across Clearwater Brook (bridged). Then followed a series of logging roads on the south-eastern side of Clearwater Brook to the parking area which is accessible by vehicle in the summer (crossing back over Clearwater Brook - again bridged). Then followed herd-paths as much as possible to the summit. Some dense areas are unavoidable (I believe) on this mountain but those sections are fairly short. Exactly 4.0 miles from the cars to the summit.

2-4" low - up to 24" high. No visible tracks anywhere but spotted a few flags at the beginning of the herdpath.

Summit canister frozen solid - we were unable to open it.

Thank you to Trudi, Doug, Ron and Lew for a great day and hike to the Elephant.  
Name
Name: LongMark 
E-Mail
E-Mail: perfrost@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-19 
Link
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