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Peaks
Peaks None, ME
Trails
Trails: Wheeler Brook Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, October 10, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: For 113 end. The end of Little Larry Road has space for several properly parked vehicles (ironic, this trail is so lightly used). Rt 2 - park on the side of the road. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: From 113 to height of land - tiny streams. Between rt 2 and height of land Wheeler Brook is crossed 4 times, none of it difficult. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trailhead signage is good. Arrows at beginning of Rt 113 end are extremely helpful in avoiding mistakes, as are the signage on the other end, where snowmobile trails intersect (there is one area that could use one - trail splits a few minutes before it reaches Rt 2 - a log is placed across where you shouldn't go). Speaking of logs, there were many blowdowns, but none were troublesome. We dragged one manageable branch off the trail. Sporadic blazing, could use a few in the muddy area descending from the height of land toward rt. 2. Thanks. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Should be good with one caveat - Little Larry Road has dispersed camping, campsite 7 is near the parking area. Campers may have their own dogs, so be prepared for possible canine social mixing. Also, don't bring your dog if (s)he has a Napoleonic complex - there was a pile of bear scat on the trail. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: The trail, at one point. But quickly found. 
 
Comments
Comments: This trail was made for a holiday weekend in peak foliage. We did not see one soul. It's also a great choice for cloudy or rainy days (sun broke through on the way out). Understudy was still green in spots, but color was great for the most part (and there were dark evergreens for contrast). According to Maine Mountain Guide, there is 1350 ft elevation gain, but a lot of it gradual, did not feel it at all. There were some extremely muddy areas descending from height of land to rt 2. On the descent, the trail is obvious, but ascending on the return to our car I lost the trail after falling in the mud. I know this is not widely used, but a couple blazes here could be helpful. Not far from Rt 2 is a nice open clearing where you get a view of the top of the area you have descended from. We sat and had lunch there. Nice autumn hike.  
Name
Name: Beckie and Prema 
E-Mail
E-Mail: beckiejani@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-10-11 
Link
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