Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Old Blue Mountain, Bemis Mountain, ME
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 23, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: second day on the AT 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: easily rock hop-able 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails clear, well signed and blazed 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: sure why not if you like them 
Bugs: not enough to whine about it but an occasional deer fly 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Old Blue Mountain, Bemis Mountain (Peak 1, Peak 2, Peak 3)

We left Black Brook campsite before our new thru-hiker friends and we leaped frogged most the day. A good grind up Old Blue where we were warned about ground wasps and managed to disturbed them big time by knocking the rock off the top of their nest, if Laura only stuck to the iron bars! She escaped harm and since we were warned I stayed back but still had one get caught in my hair and run into my forehead! I had to bushwhack around the angry swam. We all ended up having lunch at the Bemis Mt. Lean-to and again we left first (we don't smoke cigarettes) and we never saw them until the next morning. Malibu had to leave the trail and her white van was parked at the Scenic Overlook on !7, we could see it for miles. The Bemis Ridge was fun hiking and another steep drop to Bemis Stream. Old railroad bed looks like a road and cars were parked here and we passed by a couple day hikers. Steep climb up to Route 17 and we carried on trying to reach the mythical sandy beach at Sabbath Day Pond Lean-to. Lovely forests and by more ponds. We passed by a nice sandy beach about 1/3 of mile before we reached the lean-to. This is where I had a melt down when I looked at the water access at the Lean-to lilly pads, muck and rottening logs. Eeeek we had walked by the dream beach. We dumped our packs at the site, grabbed our towels and night clothes and headed back up the trail where we took a much needed and deeply appreciated swim. We should have camped in the woods here instead of the campsite but I was too beat to carry my pack another step. We covered more than 17 miles. Boys came in after dark after having a very good time at Malibu's van. They gifted me a beer!  
Name: Nordic_gal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-08-27 
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