Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sugarloaf Mountain, ME
Trails: Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, Sugarloaf Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 26, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road is fine for any vehicle. The parking lot was overflowing when we returned even on a weekday. 
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: No significant unbridged crossings, although there were some muddy areas 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in good shape. A Maine Conservation Corps cre is working on improving the section from the Carrabassett River to the Sugarloaf Mountain Trail. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Very few 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: As one of Emma's last prep hikes before Katahdin, we climbed Maine's second highest mountain, Sugarloaf! We started on the Caribou Valley Road, where a Maine Conservation Corps crews was preparing for a day of work on the AT just beyond the river crossing. It looks like they will be doing significant work on this section of trail throughout the summer and what they've done so far looks great! We only saw a few other hikers on the way up and the spring box near the summit was running well.

Unfortunately, smoke from the western wildfires obscured most views from the mountain. The summit is highly developed, and there was a Americorps crew which had driven up the mountain to mark and clear the AT Corridor boundary. We did check out the old gondola terminal near the summit, which was interesting, and there were some blueberries which had finally ripened! On the way down we saw many more hikers than on the way up. Hopefully we end up with a clearer day for Katahdin in a couple weeks!  
Name: Sam Shirley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-07-26 
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