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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Horseshoe Mountain, Rocky Brook Mountain (attempt), ME
Trails
Trails: Roads, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, October 7, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The route in via Realty Road is easily driveable but long and dusty. The trail described in the MMG no longer exists (but it is now possible to drive 1 mile in along a recently improved road where part of the trail used to be). Also worth noting that the length of the hike (1.3mi) as described in the MMG is an obvious typo (nearly twice as long as the crow flies).  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Starting late in the day for this one, I quickly discovered that the trail described in the MMG (a) no longer exists and (b) if it did exist, it would be twice as long or longer than the described 1.3mi (a physical impossibility even at a beeline). Essentially, the first mile in is now driveable on a recently improved road, the middle part (below the mountain) is a substantially overgrown woods road (entirely blocked by dense alder in places), and the trail up the cone is entirely gone (not a trace). As it was getting dark, I turned around. I believe there may be a viable route up the west side of the ridge but didn't have time to explore it; OSM shows a woods road leading up to Horseshoe Pond just below the summit; I drove Realty Road to where that road starts and noticed some flagging on a tree there. Next time.  
Name
Name: Barefoot Paul 
E-Mail
E-Mail: paulwgagnon@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-09 
Link
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