|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Goose Eye Mountain, ME|
||Wright Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Goose Eye Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, September 4, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Room for about a dozen vehicles in the parking lot just past the trailhead. Just about full at 9:30. Some big potholes on either side of the double bridge a few miles before the trailhead; low clearance cars should heed caution there. |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock hoppable up to the tent site. Immediately above the tent site, the crossing is on a slippery ledge slab that required caution and getting shoes wet. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Quite a few blowdowns and faded blazes on the brookside portion of the Wright Trail. Above the tentside, lots of trail creep/unmitigated erosion/failed bog bridges. |
|Lost and Found:
||Wright Trail up to the tent site was fairly dry with some avoidable mud.|
We briefly ascended the abandoned north branch (closed for about a dozen years now). The entrance, just after the tent site spur, is vague at this point, but the bolts in the tree are obvious. The corridor is fairly grown in at this point, but there are some old waterbars and steps. We turned back at the second water crossing, as the slabs were very slippery (and I recollect a treacherous one much higher up that's a no fall slab).
Left-Wright Trail (south branch) was wet/slippery in the woods, with a few wet slabby areas as well. Open slabs were dry. Some strong wind gusts at times. The various cols were very, very muddy (not helped by mostly failed bog bridging).
Mahoosuc Trail south was slippery and muddy. No issues with the short stretch of the Goose Eye Trail to the summit.
On the return trip, we followed the vague brookside portion of the trail back to the trailhead. Blazes are very faded and there are a lot of blowdowns. The sections that go out onto the ledge brook bed are awesome. Lots of pools for wading on warmer days.
One of the nicer days of calendar summer with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 60s. Some strong wind gusts in the open. Wright Trail proper was not too crowded, but plenty of people up on the AT.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.