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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Barren Mountain, Barren Ledges, ME
Trails
Trails: Appalachian Trail, unofficial trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 21, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We followed the directions in the Maine Mountain Guide to access the “unofficial trail” off of Bodfish Valley Rd in Elliotsville Township (outside of Monson). Directions were perfect. According to the large signs on the road and parking area, there is no overnight parking or fires allowed outside of the AT corridor.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Great trails for dogs. No water points on the route we took. You could continue down to Logan Brook Shelter to get water as we heard the water source was running there. 
Bugs
Bugs: Dragonflies. Wonderful dragonflies. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: T-shirt left on branch at ledges. Packed it out as I could not find owner. 
 
Comments
Comments: Route:
Unofficial trail from parking area > AT northbound > AT southbound > trail back to parking.

This quick 7.6 mile route takes the hiker up to some nice views along the Barren Ledges. Barren Mountain summit signed, old fire tower ladder still there. You can climb it at your own risk.

Unofficial trail: not marked save one piece of flagging tape at the AT junction. Simple to follow footbed. Soft, nice footing with minimal rocks and roots. Lots of vibrant green foliage.

AT: nicely blazed in standard white blazes. Well travelled, but footbed is not concrete. Some mud in parts, easily avoidable. Some wet rocks and smaller wet ledges. All negotiable with attention to footing ascending and descending. Barren Ledges signed. The Barren Slide was blocked/closed with yellow caution tape with informative signs attached to trees teaching about the nesting habits of the peregrine falcon. We did not push past the tape in hopes of not disturbing the falcons that may be along the slide. From what we could see of the side trail it should be simple to follow when the trail re-opens.

Great views of the 100 Mile Wilderness.  
Name
Name: Remington34 
E-Mail
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Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-21 
Link
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