Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails: Firewardens Trail, Appalachian Trail, snowmobile trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Hiked from Stratton Brook Hut 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns, more so on the AT 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Bigelows: Avery, West, North, South

Firewardens Trail, Appalachian Trail, and snowmobile/multi-use trails to and from Stratton Brook Hut

Great day in the Bigelows. Started from Stratton Brook Hut around 7:30am, fairly firm crust descending from the Hut, onto snowmobile trails to get to the Firewardens Trail. Followed some old tracks from 1-2 storms ago as far as Horn Pond Trail, and from there I saw no tracks all the way up to Avery Peak, and no tracks on the AT all the way past the junction with the trail that goes up to Cranberry Peak, where I picked up set of tracks from 1-2 storms ago. BUT, surprisingly, I did see another hiker as I was descending Avery Peak who had been following my tracks up Firewardens Trail. Kudos to her. It was a long haul up high, with at least 2-3 ft of powdery snow, to several feet in drifts, and mostly rime and light snowcover in the windswept rocks near the peaks. Beautiful day, not too cold, not too windy, pretty cloudy with light snow. With time to take photos and eat some food, and change my shirt, it was 10.5 hours before I got back to Stratton Brook Hut. 17.4 miles.  
Name: Ethan 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-01-29 
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