|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Carlo, Goose Eye Mountain, ME|
||Carlo Col Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Goose Eye Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, July 10, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Small parking lot at Success Pond Road where the trail officially starts. The are parking pull-offs further up the side road where each trail leaves for higher clearance cars. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily hoppable |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails are very well maintained and marked. No issues with blowdowns or following trails |
|Lost and Found:
||Today we hiked two peaks that I've been wanting to do for quite a while, Mount Carlo and Goose Eye! We parked right at the start of the Goose Eye Trail. The Success Pond Road is in great shape, and any car can easily make it in from either end. Cars with higher clearance can drive up the road off of the Success Pond Road to parking pull-offs near the start of either the Goose Eye or Carlo Col Trails.|
We started by hiking up the short bit of road to the Carlo Col Trail, and then followed that trail up to the AT. The Carlo Col Trail is pretty straightforward, and isn't a very difficult ascent. Upon reaching the AT in the col, we took a right and in 0.1 mile, after a fun scramble, we reached a ledge with good views north and west.
We then retraced our steps through Carlo Col and climbed to the peak of Mount Carlo. There are good views in numerous directions from the summit, although the views are somewhat obscured by trees in some directions. From Carlo, we followed the AT along the ridge, passing through numerous beautiful alpine meadows along the way. After one last steep climb up 3 ladders, we reached the narrow summit ridge of Goose Eye.
The views from the summit of Goose Eye are absolutely spectacular in every direction, and are easily some of the best in the state. After enjoying the views and having some lunch, we descended via the Goose Eye Trail. It was a quick and easy 2.9 mile descent back to the car.
Overall, the hike was 6.9 miles long, with a little over 2,500 elevation gain. Even on this July weekend with perfect weather, the only other people we saw were thru hikers on the AT. We had the Carlo Col and Goose Eye Trails to ourselves, as well as the summit of Goose Eye. There really isn't much that compares to the spectacular summit of Goose Eye, and this loop is easily one of my favorite hikes anywhere. I hope to return soon to visit the two other peaks of Goose Eye!
||Sam Shirley |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.