|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Snow Mountain (Chain of Ponds), ME|
||North Road, snowmobile corridors, Snow Mountain Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, March 9, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking area just off Rt. 27 is large and well-plowed.
Round Mt. Pond Road has been plowed until about 1/2 mile from the summer parking area. But it is gated and has to be walked. |
||Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||There is a crossing just after the summer parking area. Today it was snow-bridged but with clear open sections and it may prove tricky as the melt continues. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A few short sections with heavy, wet, unconsolidated snow but otherwise good conditions for canines. |
|Lost and Found:
||North Road (aka Round Mt. Pond Road), Snowmobile Corridors, Fire Warden's Herd Path (aka Snow Mtn. Trail)|
Spring / Mid-April type conditions today. Very mixed.
I was able to ski in and out to about 2,700 ft. It just worked today but the road is down to just minimal snow/ice coverage with many bare spots. With the balmy temperatures continuing (plus rain expected) I think it will be frustrating to attempt this again for the remainder of the season (unless we get more snow, of course). However, it is now an easy road-walk.
Snow-mobile tracks continued for a short section up the Fire Warden's herd path but stopped at the cliff-band. Boot tracks from thereon but they stopped about 1/4 mile from the summit. The last section had many bend-overs and the trees are loaded with "concrete" snow. However, it is just a short section.
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.