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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Spaulding Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, Spaulding Side Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, June 24, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at gate on Caribou Valley Road. Easily accessible for all vehicles 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Carrabassett River had a plank bridge 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is in good shape. Looks like some major improvements planned this summer in the section between Caribou Valley Road and Sugarloaf Side Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Very few 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: I didn't have to work until afternoon today, so I decided to climb my first new 4,000 footer since Hamlin in 2018. Spaulding is about a 10 mile round-trip from the gate on Caribou Valley Road. After crossing the river, the trail climbs steeply to the rim of a spectacular cirque on Sugarloaf. After passing the side trail to Sugarloaf, the trail follows the ridge between Sugarloaf and Spaulding. This section was pretty easy going and was the last section of the AT completed in 1937. After one final steep climb up the summit cone, Spaulding's summit is reached on a short spur trail. There are views to the north just past the summit and a variety of other viewpoints which made this a beautiful hike!  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley 
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-06-24 
Link
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