|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Turner Mountain, ME|
||Sandy Stream Pond Trail, South Turner Mountain Trail, Spring Spur|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, July 6, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Only 50% day use spaces (total of 28) in use right now due to social distancing requirements. We passed by the gate house well before it opened. I think we arrived at Roaring Brook at just before 6 am. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||A couple of blow downs, one with orange flagging on it. A steep over and a crawl under |
||No pets permitted in Baxter State Park |
||Few out during the cool breezy morning, what a relief. |
|Lost and Found:
|| Congratulations to Lew this was his finish peak for the Maine 3k list! Whoohoo, he saved two difficult bushwhacks and this easy peak for the nabbing for last. |
We took our time eating breakfast, packing up our packs (I took my Hello Kitty Pack to carry my shell and some water, heavenly to have no heavy load for this third day in a row of peak bagging) and we started off. We walked by the ranger station at before 7 am and Hey you did you sign in we heard from inside. Lew signed in and we spoke with the Lady about what we were up to and she explained only 50% day use spaces so that is just 28 of the 56 in use.
It was cloudy and breezy I assured Lew it would clear for us. At one of the pond's over look spurs we could see Katahdin sporting a couple snow patches on its side as the mountain went in and out of the clouds. We even had a glimpse of South Turner's summit. This was a quick hike just 2 miles total on way to the top. Lots of cool big boulders along the way to admire, many continuous stone steps and the 2/10th above tree line are a super duper hike! Nice to have cool air and enough of a breeze to be able to sit and wait for the clouds to part. We were thrilled that they did, we could see the pond below and some sustained views of Katahdin! I think it stayed cloudy all morning. We took summit photos and danced down the trail. Lew bought me a cup of coffee at the nice camp store at the Big Moose Inn. Neither one of us ate any hot food or drink the last three days. I never thought I'd get back to do these whacks, thanks very much Lew for inviting me to accompany you. When I got home I realized I now have all the 3k peaks in Baxter State Park, whoohoo.
South Turner is a gem and we didn't meet anyone on the trail until we were almost back to the Ranger Station.
||Nordic_Gal, LewDow |
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