|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Bald Mountain, Speckled Mountain (Sumner), ME|
||Bald Mountain Trail, Speckled Mountain Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, September 13, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Followed directions in the Maine Mountain Guide to parking area off dirt surfaced Redding Rd. There were significant potholes just after the pavement ends, but any car would be fine on this graded road. BRAND NEW PARKING AREA!!!! Oh my gosh! Beautiful! What an upgrade!!!!! New leveling, new gravel, new boulder border. Can now safely hold 10 cars. Brand new kiosk (no more searching the road sides for the elusive sign on a tree)!! Wahoo!! Road plowed in winter to snow plow turn around about 200 feet or so from the parking area. Bring a snow shovel to create a parking space. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Great for dogs. Several streams running. No tricky sections for them. |
|Lost and Found:
||Bald Mountain (Sumner/Woodstock), Speckled Mountain|
Out and back 4.6 mile hike over two “little” mountains of the Oxford Hills area.
Bald Mountain Trail: blue blazes start after Little Concord Pond. You must turn right to access the trail just before reaching the pond. There is a green sign nailed to a tree that says “Bald & Speckled Mtns.” Blazing is excellent. The trail is mostly clear of blow downs. The footbed is simple to follow. The Spur trail that leads around the ledges is well blazed in yellow. Views of Shagg Pond and environs. Never doubt that smaller Maine mountains can deliver “the looks.”
Speckled Mountain Trail: well blazed in yellow. Supplemental carins on ledges and the open rock near the summit. Clear, simple to follow footbed. Some ledges at odd angles towards the summit. Would be a bit tough in winter… The old metal radio pole at the summit has succumbed to the elements and now lies on the ground.
These trails see regular use and are generally broken out after storms (at least Bald is). Great, quick hike to some nice views!
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.