|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Goose Eye Mountain (attempt), ME|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, April 20, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Bull Branch Rd is gated and locked just past the public lands sign (after the two bridges). Prior to this the gravel road is in excellent shape. There is roadside parking for several vehicles at the gate. Note, please do not block the gate. This impedes rescue personnel from accessing the road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||These are all negotiable, even with high levels. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Oh boy. Lots of pesky blowdowns. Some faded blazes below the tent site. After that blazes are bright and fresh. Honestly, I was so focused on not breaking my leg in a post hole that I barely payed attention to trail markings. The campsite sign is up. The kiosk at the trailhead is in perfect shape. |
||Good trail for dogs. No water point past the campsite. |
|Lost and Found:
||My head after seeing the work of “Postholio, the a-hole trail obliterator.” Never did find my head... ||
||In the words of The Teal Goat, “wear snowshoes. For the love of god wear snowshoes.” Postholio was at it again, making craters many feet deep up AND down the ENTIRE trail. I hope, whomever you are, that your feet were soaked and cold and you’re exhausted enough to stay inside until the snow melts.|
The season is spring. In Maine this means that there is still snow at elevations over 1500 feet. There were substantial amounts of snow (at least 2.5 feet to 4 feet) about 0.5 miles before the tent site all the way up to where we turned around in the clearing. Clearly, snowshoes are still the footwear of choice. This side of Goose Eye does not get much sun period. Even in summer. Snow sticks around until at least mid May on average. Though we’ve had a low snowfall year, the last two storms dumped several feet at the upper elevations. The blue blazes were discernible above the snowpack, barely.
We turned around at the clearing 1/2 way between the tent site and tree line due to time constraints and busted joints from negotiating, tripping over, and falling into postholes.
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.