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Peaks
Peaks Mt. Abraham, Spaulding Mountain, Sugarloaf Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Firewarden's Trail, Abraham Side Trail, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail, Sugarloaf Side Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 21, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Dropped off at Abraham trailhead. Not a car in sight!  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minimal easy rock hops 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The AT from Abraham to Spaulding had some serious blow downs, with no possible herd paths around. Caution!  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Did not have one (this time) and didn't see any. The Abraham scree field might be tough on a dogs paws.  
Bugs
Bugs: None!  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: A very nice jackknife was stuck in a tree on the way up Abraham. I left it there for the rightful owner.  
 
Comments
Comments: Spotted my car at Sugarloaf and used Greg from All Points Transport. He is the best! The driest summer in memory and it rains on the day I planned this traverse. Heavy stuff stopped while I was still in the woods, before the Abraham tent site. Above tree line on Abraham the wind was howling, so it dried off the scree, but it was cold for August. Fall is nearing. Between Abraham & Sugarloaf, parts of the AT are barely a path, plus several blowdowns that had to be jumped. Met two southbound Thru Hikers. Aug 22nd pretty late start I thought! Beware of the two mile walk from Sugarloaf summit to base. Long and rocky! Total traverse drop off to Sugarloaf base took seven and half hours; and I thought I was flying on the ridge.  
Name
Name: Bill Bearce  
E-Mail
E-Mail: wbearce@bearce.com  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-25 
Link
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