Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Rumford Whitecap, ME
Trails: Starr Trail, Iles Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, July 10, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Very dry, crossings are bridged  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The Starr Trail needs reblazing at second patch of open rock. I have done this trail in the past and still lost the trail this time. Stick with the much better-established Iles trail up and down. IMHO ignore the recommendation for the loop unless you do not mind off trail hiking.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Some of the normal wet spots are dry. Bring water for pups.  
Bugs: A few Deer flies, found one tick from my off trail excursion  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Starr trail up* (See notes) Iles down

I was probably a week early for peak blueberries. Some are not ripe yet. Lack of rain may keep them small but plenty of them, more than in recent past years.

I did send a note to Mahoosuc Land Trust suggesting that the Starr Trail needs more blazes/signage at second open ledge. Note that side of the mountain past this ledge is quite open with lots of exposed rock patches. The apparent high point is actually a secondary summit with the primary summit behind it. There are many old pieces of flagging and old routes plus rock cairns everywhere that do not appear to indicate anything. It is easy off trail route finding but it does go through the neighboring private property. It took me 45 minutes before I recognized a route to an area I had been before. I encountered what I think is the property line with older yellow blazing and flagging. A nice excursion for me but a typical family group probably would not like the experience.  
Name: peakbagger 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-10 
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