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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Albany Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Albany Mountain Trail, Albany Mountain Spur, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: At the trailhead of Crocker Pond Rd. (FR 18) in Albany. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing of note. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The northern end of AMT and the spur to the summit are in impeccable condition, as left by the former adopter. Hopefully the next adopter can keep up the good work. Some slight erosion but very minimal thanks to the construction. The southern section wasn't terrible, but is brushy in places. Blazing is still holding up well along the entire length of the trail. A few blowdowns south of Albany Notch. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Carried out a dog leash which was hanging on the summit spur sign. 
 
Comments
Comments: A tale of two trails for sure. As mentioned above, the northern approach is an incredibly well-maintained route with lots of excellent rock work (water bars, steps, curbing, etc.). Conditions were dry all the way up to the summit. I also visited the SW ledges where the view is fantastic.

The southern stretch is decidedly more primitive. Never overly difficult to follow, but brushy in places and clearly not traveled too much. The logging road stretch near the bottom was fairly soggy with lots of mud and water. I did wander off the trail on the way down when I missed a brushy turn, but found the correct course on my way back up. The gravel road walk at the end out to Birch Ave. wasn't too exciting and had some puddles. Some interesting abandoned vehicles in this section though.

I highly recommend doing this trip as a traverse with car spot if possible. The out and back felt really long today and climbing back over the peak was tiring. Or I'm just getting older. 😉  
Name
Name: KenM 
E-Mail
E-Mail: kmacgray@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-09-14 
Link
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