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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Abraham, ME
Trails
Trails: Fire Warden's Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 23, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: I highly suggest reading Waumbek's trail report from July 7, 2021--this is a very accurate description of the drive to the trailhead. Rapid Stream Road is rough, with many potholes, but passable if slow going. The road past the two bridges is actually in better condition than the longer section before the bridges. Park at what appears to be a T intersection about a mile from the bridges.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are 5 significant stream crossings. The first is about a quarter mile from the trailhead and the other 4 are between miles 2 and 3. All are rock hop-able. Additional rainstorms in the area may make a few of these trickier to cross but as of 7/23 no wet boots necessary. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Several minor blowdowns, all easy to step or maneuver over.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Small buzzy annoying things near my ears! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The trailhead sign indicates the campground is 1.8 miles up and the summit is 3.9 miles up. Distance to summit is accurate but the campground was more like 2.5 or so per my GPS. My map indicated there is a private cabin on the left side of the trail about 2/3 up but we didn't see it. The trail is flat with some moderate sections up past the campground. After the 5th stream crossing the trail starts to gain elevation rapidly and the last 1-1.5 miles are very vertical. The last half mile is exposed rock hopping to the summit and those familiar with the NH Presidentials will feel right at home. The summit is beautiful, with the true summit marked by a cairn and sign and, not far from there, a slightly lower rise marked with several very tall cairns. The remnants of an old fire tower are at the summit. Be careful of the alpine vegetation--the trail is not roped off at all so it's important to watch your step so as to avoid treading on these delicate plants. The entire trail is lovely and peaceful. We ran into one solo hiker and that was it--a far cry from the AT super highway just a few miles away.  
Name
Name: Tart 
E-Mail
E-Mail:  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-24 
Link
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