|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bald Mountain, Saddlewind Mountain, ME|
||Bald Mountain Trail, Saddlewind Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, February 25, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Large shoulder that is partly plowed off of ME 156 in Washington Township. Enough for 6-7 cars. Plowed area is plenty enough to get vehicles off the road. |
||Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Stable), Snow - Wet/Sticky |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||The brook at the start of the trail is still bridged. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Excellent blue blazing on both trails. There is also an East Ridge Trail that branches off Saddlewind trail near the summit of Saddlewind. I have not been on this but I could see blue blazes as well. Excellent signs. Well maintained trail. |
||Good trail for dogs. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is a cherished local trail that is solely maintained by volunteers. Very nice, well placed blazing and signs keep you on trail the whole way.|
The trail from trailhead to summit of Bald was well broken out. I used microspikes initially due to the freezing temps this AM. I switched to snowshoes to break trail from Bald to Saddlewind. Heavy, wet snow! I kept the snowshoes on for the remainder of the hike due to warm temps and soft snow.
Ran into one of my coworkers and friend as I was descending from the top of Bald. Ha! Small world here in Maine! This little mountain has excellent 360 degree views encompassing Tumbledown, Little Jackson, Jackson, Saddleback, The Horn, the Bigelows, Mount Blue, the hills of Belgrade Lakes area, over to the Whites on the other side, and many more.
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.