Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, Russel Pond, Grand Falls, South Branch Campground, ME
Trails: Russell Pond Trail, Wassataquoik Stream Trail, Northwest Basin Trail, High Peaks Trail, Wassataquoik Lake Trail, Grand Falls Trail, Pogy Notch Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 19, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Need pretty good reservations, ya know, Baxter. So worth it though. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: We got stuck in Russell an extra day because the Wassataquoik swelled from a calm stream to rapids from a rain storm. There was a water crossing that involved taking shoes off every single day. We had to leave through the North Side even though we came in through the South because of the crossings. But, pre rain storm everything was the fun type of doable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails were in EXCELLENT SHAPE. Shoutout to the amazing trail crew in Baxter! Only issue was on Pogy Notch, about mile 5 because the trail was a foot underwater for about a fourth of a mile. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: NO DOGS ALLOWED. 
Bugs: Bugs were super annoying by water at night and by standing water on trails. Otherwise super reasonable and not at all an issue! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Pink North Face sweatshirt was on Tote Road on the Northern side. 
Comments: When I tried to sum up the trip the first time, I wrote a 20 page essay about it. I narrowed that down to a blog post that took me 7 hours to get out there, so check it out for details on the coolest Baxter trip EVER! Base camp style out of Russell. Link below!!!!

Name: wheresizzy 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-20 
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