Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Goose Eye Mountain, Mt. Carlo, Mahoosuc Arm, ME
Trails: Goose Eye Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Carlo Col Trail, Notch Trail, Speck Pond Trail, May Cutoff
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: success pond road is in awesome shape. I was crusing in a pickup but low clearance cars could traverse road no problem with care. was only car at each trailhead. Trailhead signs can be easy to miss on Success Pond Road but they are there. The drive up Shelter Brook Road to the Notch trailhead is pretty tight but no problem. Crossed both the little bridges described in the guidebook and parked to the right about 50 feet from where trail begins in the woods. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Everything was an easy rock hop. The water source at Carlo Col Campsite is running but very low 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: trails in great shape. plenty of mud pits and rotten bog bridges on the Mahoosuc trail sections I was on. One tried to kill me and I ended up past my knees in liquid mud 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The Goose Eye/Carlo Loop would be very difficult for 99.9% of dogs. The section of Mahoosuc trail coming down off Goose Eye has a large vertical ladder and several metal rungs that had no apparent bypass. If you have a dog that is easy to lift it would be okay otherwise it would be a real struggle and potentially dangerous for dog and human. Speck Pond is super steep and rough at top but an experienced dog could do it-the ladders here could be easily bypassed on this trail  
Bugs: some black flies but nothing bad. lots of spider webs 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Real hot and muggy afternoon to do a redlining tour of Success Pond Road. Started with Goose Eye/Carlo loop which was awesome as advertised. Huge views and lots of steep and extremely rugged hiking. Then drove 5 minutes to Notch trail and did out and back to the notch. This trail was mellow and extremely wild/beautiful with tons of water. It was a really nice switchup from the hikes just before and afterwards. Finished day with another 5 minute drive and slog up Speck Pond trail. This trail was very steep and rugged the last mile with 3 small ladders and one big ladder. Took May cutoff to Mahoosuc and then down to Speck Pond, which is very scenic. Hopped back on Old Speck Trail for the short, very steep/scrambly climb back up to the May cutoff intersection. I was very glad I left Fin at home for this as the combination of miles/vert/heat/humidity/ruggedness would have been brutal on her. 18+ miles with 5800' vert in just under 6 hours. A fine day of R E D L I N I N G, the Mahoosucs never disappoint!!!  
Name: Spence 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-08-11 
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