|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Crocker Mountain, South Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME|
||Appalachian Trail, Caribou Valley Road, herd path|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, August 20, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The sign at route 27 is for Caribou Pond Road. This is the same as Caribou Valley Road. The road is passable for all vehicles. Take care to avoid some exposed (raised) rocks in road. Parking to the side of the road just before the gate across the road. Vehicles can't drive to the AT crossing. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||AT in good condition. Herd Path to Redington has numerous tree falls as one would expect on an unmaintained trail |
||Fine for dogs |
|Lost and Found:
||Back in 1993 I hiked the Crockers from route 27 on a cloudy day so my memory was of a dull hike. Today's hike from Caribou Valley Road on a nice day was much better. Fine views of Bigelow Mountain and Sugarloaf on the open rocky areas on the ascent to South Crocker. Great view of Sugarloaf, Spaulding, and Abraham from the South Crocker outlook. A view toward the Rangeley Lake region can be had from a short side trail at the summit of Crocker.|
The herd path to Mt Redington is well worn. The herd path splits to the right just before the South Crocker outlook. The herd path quickly merges seamlessly with the AT boundary cut. An AT plate can be seen in a rock in this short section. The herd path turns sharply left off the boundary cut at a cairn with the continuation of the boundary swarth blocked by a pile of sticks and a warning tape. The herd path descends steadily down to an old log road with the intersection marked by orange tape and a cairn. Turn left on to this old log road and ascend uphill until reaching another cairn and taping on the right side of the road where the herd path continues uphill to Mt Redington. At the summit clearing follow a path marked by a blue tape to spot a wood summit sign and a cannister mounted on a tree. Limited views of the Crockers from Mt Redington. About a dozen hikers using the Redington herd path today.
Many AT hikers seen today.
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.