|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME|
||Firewardens Trail, Appalachian Trail, snowmobile trails|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, January 28, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Hiked from Stratton Brook Hut |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few blowdowns, more so on the AT |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.