|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Crocker Mountain, South Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME|
||Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, herd path, logging roads|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, July 19, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Directions to trailhead good. About 4 cars when I got there (think they were camping) and about the same when I got done |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Easy and small |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||More blowdowns around Reddington but easy to maneuver around |
||no pups today |
||generally not terrible! |
|Lost and Found:
||I lost my mind for a hot second after an animal charged me but I got it back. ||
||First time in Maine hitting some 4Ks and saw a trail report about this path. I decided to do a loop because I am not a big fan of out and backs, and honestly could have only done it with gaia gps directing me down the logging roads. The path is marked with ribbons but I didn't have that much confidence in ensuring I was taking the right path back to car. Straightforward up the AT and at the junction turned right to get Crocker and then swung back for South Peak. If you keep going from South Peak there is a heard path that is marked by ribbons and is straightforward until the logging road and a turn left and a bit further a turn right to Reddington. Easily found with ribbon and carrin.|
Going down from Reddington there is a trail to the left and my plan was to take that to the logging roads and back to car for about a 12 miles loop. Being not from NE, I was thinking logging roads were 'new' and didn't realize they were really old and not used! The trail is seen but many sections of not seeing your feet, having to bushwack a little a large swampy section where water was unavoidable.
It was in this section of swampy where the vegetation was so high I couldn't see on either side that I heard an animal charging me. Guessing it was a moose but I couldn't see- assuming I scared him as I was hiking pretty quiet (that is my bad). I definitely was scared and decided to become a trail runner instead of hiker to get out of that area and then became a very loud hiker!
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.