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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Old Blue Mountain (attempt), ME
Trails
Trails: Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, December 27, 2020
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: South Arm Road is plowed 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Black, Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Wet Trail, Ice - Blue, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No significant water crossings, but lots of water in the upper sections of trail 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few medium sized blowdowns, nothing crazy 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The ice flows got the better of us today on Old Blue Mountain. The first few sections of the trail weren't much of an issue, just about an inch of snow on mostly bare ground with a few slippery sections, but in the last mile things got tough. The combination of large ice flows, running water, areas of deep snow, and expanded rocks made going extremely slow. A few very large sections of ice on steep sections of trail finally turned us back about a quarter mile from the summit. Spikes weren't going to cut it on these flows, only true crampons would have made me feel comfortable ascending the last section of trail in these conditions. However, we at least got good views from the viewpoint over Black Brook Notch.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley 
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2020-12-27 
Link
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