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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Library Cascades, Upper Cascades, Chapman Cascades, ME
Trails
Trails: Summit Ridge Trail, Bingham Cascades Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, October 30, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The Locke Mountain Road to the parking lot closes for the winter on Monday. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All streams can be hopped without much trouble 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: This trail opened last week so it is easy to follow and clear of blowdowns. However, because it's so new, there is not yet a compacted footbed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Would be a good hike for dogs! 
Bugs
Bugs: Nope 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I decided to hike the new Bingham Cascades Trail in the Bethel Community Forest today before the Locke Mountain Road closes for the season on Monday. The trail starts at the main trailhead for the Forest and diverges from the Summit Ridge Trail just past Picnic Knoll. It follows sections of footpath and old logging road through mixed forest, before reaching the loop trail to the waterfalls.

The loop is about a mile long and has three spur trails leading to a few areas of cascades, Library Cascades, Upper Cascades, and Chapman Cascades. Library Cascades and Chapman Cascades have one main set of falls, while the Upper Cascades have a series of about 6 main drops. They are all very scenic and interesting in their own ways.

The total distance of the hike was about 7 miles and I only saw one group of two people. It's a great hike to some waterfalls which are still in rather pristine states and I can only hope it doesn't get too crowded in the future.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley 
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-10-30 
Link
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