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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Puzzle Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Puzzle Mountain Trail, Woodsum Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The lot is plowed. I was the only car all day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: It was cold enough that most were frozen. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: There are several new blowdowns on the Puzzle Mountain (GLT). The largest is right before Lunch Ledges and requires going around it. There is a clear herd path around it now. There are 2 on the Woodsum Spur which I crawled under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: The trail is in good condition for winter hiking pups. 
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The trail is packed hard. Due to the warmer temps there are many frozen slushy footprints but spikes worked well. Up higher there are some serious ice flows but I managed again with Hillsounds. I had the crampons packed just in case but didn't need to switch on the ascent. Had I descended that way, I probably would have used crampons. The Woodsum Spur is in rough shape. It was broken by bare boots and not snowshoes and it had little traffic so it never got well packed down before freezing. It needs a good snowfall and some folks in snowshoes to fix it. As you get lower there is less snow and even places with bare ground. We just need snow. Badly.  
Name
Name: Frankenfoot 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ukisukinaminanu@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-01-05 
Link
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