|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||North Brother, ME|
||Tote Road, Marston Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 18, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Well most of us parked up on Telos rd so our vehicles could make the drive home but a pickup truck was easily parked at the end of Williams Pond Rd just under a mile from Nesowadnehunk bunkhouse. Unless you have a high clearance pickup, don’t expect to park down there for the rest of the winter season |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Only 1 tree that will get lower with more snow underfoot |
||No dogs allowed in BSP |
|Lost and Found:
||I believe a nalgene is on Williams Pond Rd that will be found in spring or summer ||
||Well another BSP winter trip in the books! We had the Nesowadnehunk Bunkhouse booked for 8 of us and 2 others in another group had booked the cozy cabin. We walked in on Friday morning on old and then new tire tracks. We got to the bunkhouse and started up the wood stove! The next day we planned on leaving for 5am. We ended up with only 7 in the bunkhouse as someone couldn’t make the trip. We headed off on the Tote Rd with headlamps. It was so cold that liquid from your eyes immediately froze to your eyelashes.|
Once to the trailhead about 3.5 miles down the road I had to throw ski pants on as my legs were frozen (only have ever done that 2 other times over the years). Untouched trail was in front of us. It looked to be able 4”-maybe 8”of newer snow subtracting drifts up higher. There was a base as if you stepped off trail you would go up to your hip. The original plan was to head for Fort after North Brother but once everyone made it to the summit it was decided by our group (the 7 of us of 9 on the trail) to head back down. The cold was getting to many body parts and the snow was so fluffy and soft, doubt of making a dent over was brought up. The summit was clear with few clouds and we could see Katahdin over in the distance.
The other 2 had the hope for Fort but soon after our group headed down, we noticed that they had turned as well. Snowpack was not like you expected it. We made it back down the trail and headed towards the bunkhouse. Snowmobilers were out on tote road keeping it nice hard/soft pack. I barebooted it back to the bunkhouse.
It started to snow on Sat night into Sunday and we got maybe 5” of fresh powder. We all went off exporing the next day. Some went down Wassataquoik lake trail a little, I went and broke out to the car a mile away and anothet went off to Doubletop (making it within .5 miles of the summit and snow waist deep). We spoke to Ranger Bruce and stayed content while being in BSP. It ended up snow another few inches on Sunday night. We were awake and packed up by 7am on Monday and headed out. Pick up truck had no issues on the way out other than shoveling what the plow walled up at the end. Another 4k in winter and an awesome time!
||Danielle and +7 |
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.