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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Stratton Brook Pond Road, Fire Wardens Trail, Bigelow Range Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, February 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Room for 5 or 6 cars at the junction of Stratton Brook Pond Rd / Pond Rd. The AT lot on Rt 27 also looks plowed. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: One minor, easy crossing 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The numerous blowdowns from December are still present but not as much of a nuisance 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Bigelow has been seeing a lot of action this year. I came expecting to see a few tracks leading up to the peaks based on reports from this week but I was pleasantly surprised to see a very well packed out snowshoe trail for most of the way, so packed down that it rivals the well hiked trails in the White Mountains.

First 2 miles to the bridge is snowmobile trail, then a well packed down snow shoe trail nearly to the Moose Falls campsite. From Moose Falls campsite the trail is still packed down but there is also some very minor wind swept snow. The rock case is a continuously steep stretch of grippy compact'ish snow that my lightening ascents handled wonderfully. From the col to each peak it is easy to follow tracks from previous hikers until the tree line where there has been wind obscuring the tracks but it is still relatively easy going.

As a note when I passed Horns Pond Trail there were one or two tracks, not sure how far up they go, if to the top. Also, the Appalachian Trail where it crosses Stratton Brook Pond Rd is well packed out from snowshoes in both directions (towards the Horns and towards Rt 27). Route 27 also looked plowed with ample parking.  
Name
Name: Ryan 
E-Mail
E-Mail: rk219@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-02-14 
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