|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Elephant Mountain, ME|
||Elephant Mountain Road, logging roads, herd paths, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 18, 2020|
|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. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance 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. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.