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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Old Speck Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Eyebrow Trail, Old Speck Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Speck Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, June 20, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Good size parking lot off route 26. Fee lot. Maine residents got in free today. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: no significant water crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails in good condition. recent cuts and clearance of tree falls on Old Speck Trail. Some small trees leaning in to margins of the Mahoosuc Trail that are easy to get by. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Saw a couple of dogs. One dog was barking frequently but did not seem aggressive. 
Bugs
Bugs: Lots of bugs swarmed if you were not on the move. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Nice hike up to Old Speck. Ascended via the Eyebrow Trail that has cables and iron hand/foot holds to improve the footing. At the upper junction of the Eyebrow Trail and the Old Speck Trail there may be a tendency to proceed straight which would be a descent on the Old Speck Trail rather than an ascent to Old Speck. Be sure to turn right at this junction on ascent. The junction is signed but it can be missed (one hiker told me he had missed the turn but realized his oversight when he was heading down and not up. Great views from the summit tower including Mahoosuc Notch, the Presidentials, the Kilkenny Range, and the Grafton Notch peaks. You must ascend a metal ladder to access the small railed observation deck. I extended the hike by descending the Mahoosuc Trail to Speck Pond. Great views to the south and west from the open ledges. Pleasant conversation with caretaker who unfortunately sprained an ankle just before my arrival. Saw an AT thru hiker I met back on Wednesday at Wildcat Mountain. Saw Bluebead lily, Canada mayflower, Labrador Tea, Star flower, and Bunchberries. Saw a large aquatic mammal in Speck Pond (an otter?)  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: waumbek@roadrunner.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-20 
Link
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