|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Number 5 Mountain, Number 6 Mountain, ME|
||Firewarden's Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 12, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parking as described in AMC Maine Mountain Guide. Nobody at 8:30. 5 other vehicles at 4PM |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Couple of blowdowns on NC Firewarden's Trail. Not a problem. |
||Not allowed. This is a Nature Conservancy property. |
||Some mosquitoes down low, mostly butterflies above. |
|Lost and Found:
||Trail to Number 5 summit and fire tower is a delight. It's a 2.7 mile easy hike, great for families (if you can suffer the long drive from civilization). |
The Bushwhack to Number 6, on the other hand, is hand to hand combat with an army of small spruce trees armed with pikes, spears, and sharp knives. I followed a direct path from just below the summit of 5 along the ridge to the cliffs of 6. These cliffs were fairly easy to negotiate. There are some forested breaks in the cliff face that are hand over hand scrambles, but nothing a fool-hardy bushwhacker can't manage. I tromped around the top of 6 and found a couple of candidates for the summit, found a jar on one apparently left by zporter in 2018 and signed in.
On the way back to 5, the spruce trees attacked in force and shredded my arms, legs and trousers. I survived to fight another day.
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.