|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Old Speck Mountain, Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, ME|
||Appalachian Trail, Grafton Loop Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, January 23, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Wish every parking lot in Maine/New Hampshire is as good as this. Lots of plowed space available |
||Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts |
||Snowshoes, Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Everything is bridged over or easy to hop over |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||The AT going up Old Speck and the AT going up Baldpate are in pretty similar shape. Bottom portions are more compacted and spikes would be fine but when getting into higher elevations the snow is softer, less packed down, and with the wind yesterday and today, drifted over. My tracks disappeared on both peaks within 20 minutes, even at times in the woods. Snowshoes will help the trail and yourself a lot.|
The portion between West Peak and East Peak of Baldpate is completely exposed and one should not count on any kind of trail to follow. The snow isn't necessarily deep most of the time (parts are deep in the trees) and there are areas where it's slabs of rock with a coating of crunchy snow. Climbing the steep portion of West Peak was a lot easier than I anticipated; mostly that same kind of crunchy snow is covering all the rock and made going up pretty easy. The top doesn't have deep snow, many of the rocks can be seen. Due to the rime ice care should be taken to follow the cairns of which can be easily confused with fir trees at this point.
For anyone wondering, Eyebrow Trail had been hiked in the last couple days but not nearly as much as the AT. I was the first one up and down Old Speck so perhaps later in the day it was travelled more. The two trails leading to Table Rock have both been travelled with the lower (steep) trail not nearly as packed down as the higher up side trail.
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.