Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mars Hill, ME
Trails: International Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, September 13, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking is at the lower lot for Big Rock Mountain ski area on the western side of Mars Hill. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No crossings. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The parts of the International Appalachian Trail (IAT, or SIA en fran├žais) that went up the ski slopes were a little grown in with tall grass at times, but not a problem to walk through or follow. The footpath portions were in good shape as well. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None that I remember. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Mars Hill had been on my short list for a while, mainly because from 25 March to 18 September, it's the first place in the contiguous U.S.A. to see the sunrise. Never could get myself to make the drive up there until today, and I'm glad I did. The IAT up the mountain was very steep in places, particularly on the ski slope sections, but otherwise in good shape and relatively easy to follow. The summit (which is the southernmost of three peaks that make up the mountain) was open with a stone block marking the high point, and a little downslope to the north was a lean-to and picnic table in a wooded canopy. Oh yeah, and there were several wind turbines scattered around the summit area as well as most of the rest of the ridgeline.  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-09-13 
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