Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME
Trails: Appalachian Trail, herd paths
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the gate on Caribou Valley Rd (CVR). There is space for 10 well parked vehicles. This is 3.5 miles on a decent dirt road. Any vehicle should be fine, if speed kept low. The entry is washed out a bit, but this is a very short segment. There is one other slightly washed out section that takes a bit of thought to negotiate, but even a low clearance vehicle will be fine. Bridges sound. Road sign missing so use a Gazetteer or Google to help. CVR is about a mile up on the left past the Sugarloaf Ski Resort entrance.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Our dog did great. Plenty of water after last night’s storms.  
Bugs: Deer flies are the plague of the “Maine Highlands” in Carrabassett Valley. Prepare. We wore 100% DEET with good effect on the descent on a herd path.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Route:
Caribou Valley rd > Appalachian Trail (AT) northbound > Redington herd path > old radio tower road > snowmobile route > Caribou Valley Rd.

After looking at the forecast, and not wanting to drive over to NH again, we elected to visit some old peaks we hadn’t seen in several years.

Appalachian Trail (AT): well blazed in white. Simple to follow footpath. Steep in parts. Wet trail with plenty of wet rocks. Lots of water available this morning. Two SOBOs met, the only people we saw all day.

Redington Herd Path: well established herd path. Easy to follow. Some pink flagging tape still up, not needed this time of year. Some new blow downs, manageable. Wet roots sent us sliding onto our butts numerous times. Rain created some decent water points. After coming from the summit, you cross an old road that used to service the radio tower on this mountain. My longing for adventure won out. We elected to take the old roads down to the parking area.

Old Radio Tower Rd, snowmobile route, upper portion of Caribou Valley Rd: to our amazement, there were carins and pink flagging tape marking the way down the mountain on this much, much more gentle grade. Gaia had these “roads” available on the pre-downloaded map, a helpful GPS backup. There was also evidence of a lightly travelled footpath for nearly the entirety. Though I think this route is primarily used by fishermen as there are sublime trout seen in the creek once we neared the junction with the upper portion of CVR.

No views, but mountains remain sheltered. This was helpful in today’s higher winds.  
Name: Remington34 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-07-19 
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