|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, ME|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, April 25, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Fee tube was wrapped. Lots of vehicles at the large lot. |
||Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow - Spring Snow |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||all crossings of brooks were easy |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Some trees across the trail especially between route 26 and the upper junction with the Table Rock Trail |
||OK for dogs although not too much water at higher elevations |
||a few |
|Lost and Found:
||The trail was a mix of mud, left over snow, and frozen slush up to the upper junction with the Table Rock trail. Thereafter it was mostly a consolidated base with some new snow on top that was frequently mushy. The ledges on East Peak were mainly dry rock with some run-off. There is one fairly steep pitch just off the summit of West Peak heading toward East Peak that requires care to descend. The section of the trail from Baldpate shelter to West Peak was the steepest stretch. I wore snowshoes in this section although it proved unnecessary for the most part. I postholed infrequently and not deep when wearing the microspikes. The summit of East Peak is signed. It did not appear anyone had recently hiked the Grafton Loop trail from Baldpate East Peak.|
Great day to be out. View from East Peak south to Old Speck with snowy Mt Washington beyond and west to Umbagog Lake. The wind turbines in Roxbury/Byron were prominent to the east.
Met some other hikers enjoying the day. We all stayed separated.
||WAUMBEK at Roadrunner dot com |
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.