Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Elephant Mountain, ME
Trails: Bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, July 18, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: SUV is recommended at a minimum. Even with decent clearance I ended up parking a mile from the recommended parking area. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Small streams that could be crossed with a hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Lots at the start. Bug spray did the job. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This one is an adventure! Many of the hiking notes online from 2014 were before recent slashing, so be prepared for slow going.
I'll repeat a few things from other notes that are worth repeating. The road is an unmaintained logging road. Because of this I ended up parking about a mile short of the recommended parking area despite decent clearance in an SUV. A truck after me did the same.
A GPS is needed - not recommended - needed for this trip. The faint herd path comes and goes. There is somewhere around .5 - .75 miles of slashed trees from logging operations. Think 2-3 inch diameter trees stacked up to 4 feet high and no alternative than slowly scrambling over them. The rest of the bushwhack was very wet. Even on a clear day I got drenched from wet ground and dewey plants.
The swamp was wet but passable. Also, very very pretty! After the herd path was much easier to follow and the summit was a relief to reach.
This hike is entirely worth doing, but is a bushwhack in every sense of the word.  
Name: Chad 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-07-19 
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