Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks None, ME
Trails: Turtle Ridge Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, June 19, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Use the Maine Mountain Guide or This trail is in the Jo-Mary Forest whom requires fees. The trailhead parking (east trailhead) is signed with a kiosk and can hold 10+ cars. This is also the trailhead for Tumbledown Dick. Jo-Mary Rd is an excellent gravel road. Any standard passenger vehicle will be fine. This is a better road than some of my local PAVED roads... 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Crossing the outlet of Rabbit Pond was no issue. It was, at most, 2 inches deep. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Lovely, well maintained, well blue blazed trail. One huge blow down on the rock stairs, I think, past Rabbit Pond as approaching from the east trailhead. I can affirm that this blow down is NOT near Hedgehog Pond. It is on the loop around Rabbit Pond.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Great trail for dogs. Some sections are drier but you cross by or over fantastic ponds along the way. 
Bugs: Yes. Prepare to alter your DNA with liberal applications of pure DEET. Even the dry, super hot temps (95 degrees at noon) did not stop the armor-clad black and deer flies.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This hike is well worth the trek (and fees) into the Maine woods. Really nice views of Katahdin. The trails are not steep, but rather undulate in symbiosis with the topography of this area. These trails are truly amazing. Some trail master took the time to study the landscape and provide the hiker access to the diverse vegetative settings of this area. One goes from wet woods to a dry rock ledge, then to an amazing pond (Rabbit Pond) with incredible rock beaches (and a boat with oars!), then through lush forest understory, followed by a Ridge crossing between two large bogs teeming with wildlife, then onto a boulder garden.

I can’t say enough good things about this trail. It is beautiful and remote. I’ll be back before winter...  
Name: Remington34 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-06-30 
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