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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Kineo, ME
Trails
Trails: Carriage Road, North Trail, Bridle Trail, Indian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Sunday, August 28, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The lot in Rockwood quickly fills up. The ferry will soon switch to its fall schedule with more limited hours. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails have a few blowdowns, but are well maintained and marked 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Many dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: Not bad in general. Beware of wasps 2/3 way up tower. I got stung twice  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Today we hiked Mount Kineo for the first time. We caught the 8:00 ferry from Rockwood, and started down Carriage Road. We followed Carriage Road along the shore to Hardscrabble Point, where there are campsites, and nice views across the lake.

We then started down North Trail as it headed along the lake for a while before climbing steeply up the ridge. At the summit, I attempted to climb the fire tower, and sneak past the wasp nest about 2/3 of the way up, but they noticed me, and chased me off the tower.

Luckily, there is a great clifftop viewpoint down a herd path just to the south of the summit. We enjoyed lunch and the views for a while, before heading down the Bridle and Indian Trails. The Indian Trail follows the cliff edge, and passes many great viewpoints.

After reaching the bottom, we had a snack at the clubhouse, before taking the 1:45 ferry back to Rockwood. It was quite a unique and beautiful hike, and I recommend doing the full 5.9 mile loop, as it gets you away from the crowds and is very beautiful as it passes along the lake.  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley  
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-08-28 
Link
Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaineHiking/permalink/2651194268356284/ 
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