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Peaks
Peaks Barrell Ridge, ME
Trails
Trails: Ledges Trail, Middle Fowler Pond Trail, Barrell Ridge Spur Trail, Five Ponds Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, October 10, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking at South Branch and Trout Brook Farm campgrounds, the two ends of this traverse 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: These Trails see little use and there were quite a few blowdowns, especially on Five Ponds. None were a major pain, however. With all the fallen leaves and pale blue blazes that were faded, parts of Middle Fowler Pond Trail required close attention to follow. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: We met no dogs and just one other hiker on this 8.5-miler. 
Bugs
Bugs: Some pesky flies and midges. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: This proved to be an enjoyable alternative to a planned Travelers Loop scrubbed on account of predicted thunderstorms. More vertical than you might at first think from a glance at the map and lots of solitude. We'd all done the T. Loop on fine days in any case. Good views from the summit of Barrell Ridge, although "extraordinary" on the trail sign (which I'd never seen) may be a tad hyperbolic.  
Name
Name: Amicus 
E-Mail
E-Mail: mcsamicus@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-12 
Link
Link: http://amicus.smugmug.com/Hiking/2020/Baxter-2020-Trout-Brook-Farm-Redux-October-9-11/i-FVspKvr/A 
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