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Peaks
Peaks Snow Mountain (Chain of Ponds), ME
Trails
Trails: Logging roads, ATV trails, herd path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, July 8, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: From ME Route 27N, about 13.5mi north of Eustis, take North Road west which turns into Snow Mountain Road. From ME27 to the "parking area" is about 4.5mi. There is a pull-off on the left, with the logging road continuing onwards with a sign on the left reading no vehicles beyond this point. I don't know if this is enforced, because one could drive up further closer to the ATV trails, but better safe than sorry. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No maintaining, but expect a variety of gravel road, rocky ATV, overgrown ATV, and woodland herd path. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Generally aggressive today, but never switched to a head net beyond regular Picaridin lotion. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Well I made a mess of this. In my head, I was looking for an ATV trail, so after parking I was immediately looking for an ATV trail. Don't do this. I ended up in the woods for what seemed like an hour before I realized my mistake.

From the pull-off area, just follow the logging road until it splits into a road heading straight (north) and one to the left (west). Follow the road to the left. This road will continue, at times steeply, for about a half mile. Keep your eyes out for a couple of small boulders and paint markings (an arrow was one marking) that signifies the start of the ATV trail. From here, follow the ATV trail for 1mi, and between two bridges over brooks, at a cairn, a trail diverges right (southwest) into a stream-bed. After another 0.3mi on this "trail," you join back up with a much older ATV trail that is overgrown. Turn right (northwest) and follow this for 0.5mi until you reach another cairn on your right signifying the start of the herd path. This herd path is just under 1mi to the summit, easier to follow, and provides the final steep push to the summit. there is a ledgy area below the summit offering great views to the SE, and the adventurous can climb the old fire tower ladder to see over the trees. Minus the goof-up at the beginning, this hike is pretty straightforward if you know what to look for.  
Name
Name: WishfulThinking 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-09 
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