Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Brother, South Brother, Mt. Coe, ME
Trails: Martson Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: First one in parking lot and last one out. Pretty small parking lot but really does not fill up until after 8 a.m. sometimes according to the Ranger. A group of young men said they were at the South Gate right when BSP opened and bypassed everyone waiting for no-show Katahdin spaces. Takes about 35-40 minutes from gate to get to trailhead.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy doable with rock hopping 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blowdowns here and there but nothing that was challening 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Minimal 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: n/a 
Comments: This was a challenging loop clockwise. If I had done a bit more homework, I would have realized going down the slide off a Mount Coe is pretty intense. Trail gains altitude pretty steadily from parking lot but also has some really wonderful flat areas. Views from the Brothers are outstanding! Ran into just a few groups and no one appeared to be doing the whole loop (more just about North Brother I think).

While the slide is challenging, just taking it step by step and slow, avoiding wet areas and slimy black wetness on rocks, and it worked just fine. I would never ever consider doing the slide during any type of rain. Going up to North Brother you are in a stream bed for a good portion closer to the top- but the rocks made it pretty easy to avoid getting wet and going down- again- just slow and steady because they are all wet rocks.  
Name: KC6707 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-24 
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