Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Zircon, ME
Trails: Tote Road, Mt. Zircon Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The pull off at the bottom of Hall Hill Road has been partially plowed. There is room for 4 to 5 cars. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One large blowdown near the top of the Mt Zircon trail. We re-routed to go around it. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Great trail for pups 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: This mountain is very close to my house so I hike it frequently before work. It has become a labor of love to break the trail and to pack it down. I was last out on Monday during the warm temps to pack it down in snowshoes. The plan was to make sure it was nice and smooth before the temps dropped so we would get a lovely packed sidewalk. Between Monday morning and sometime Tuesday (when temps were well above freezing), 2 barebooters hiked the first part from the start of the Tote Road to the Mt Zircon spring house and DESTROYED the packed trail. It is now littered with deep postholes that have frozen and are an ankle twisting nightmare. I have never seen it this bad before. It couldn't have been fun hiking like that but they persisted for quite awhile. Beyond the spring house it is smooth sailing and the actual Mt Zircon trail is beautiful and packed. For the love of God and everything that is holy, please wear snowshoes when the temps are warm and the trail is soft. There is no hope for saving the first part of this trail without a significant snowfall.  
Name: Frankenfoot 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-29 
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