|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Elephant Mountain, ME|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, July 18, 2020|
|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. |
||Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Small streams that could be crossed with a hop |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Lots at the start. Bug spray did the job. |
|Lost and Found:
||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.
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.