|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, North Crocker Mountain, ME|
||Bushwhacks, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 9, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Sugarloaf golf course has a lot of parking and is plowed |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||A few small streams that were very easy to cross |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||Sugarloaf golf course bush whack, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, Redington bush whack|
The trail had obviously been hiked in the previous day or two but an inch of snow had accumulated. The bush whack from the golf course to Caribou Valley Rd was different than the one I had taken a couple years ago. We followed some tracks that seemed to be following blue flagging tape. It seemed a bit more dense than what I took a couple years ago but it still led pretty directly to CVR. CVR has two sets of tracks (from a truck that have turned into snowshoe/ski tracks) that are well broken out and then once past the gate there is one well packed out snowshoe track. This track continues past the AT but we took the AT to S Crocker. The snow has filled in most of the gaps in the trail and we were hiking on a nice smooth trail for most of our miles. Beneath the inch of new snow was a semi compact layer of snow that my MSR lightening ascents gripped with ease, even the steep portion from the campsite. Nearing S Crocker and then to Redington were a lot of snow drifts, so much so that we were breaking out trail for much of the way. Along with us 2 were 2 other hikers and between the 4 of us there is now a nice trail to follow. However with the drifts from the previous night or two it is likely that the trail will be obscured once again. From S Crocker to Crocker was very easy to follow with no drifts at all, only a nice snowshoe trail to follow. Snow is still soft and snowshoes are a heck of a lot easier to hike in than cleats or boots at this point.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.