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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Chimney Pond Trail, Saddle Trail, Northwest Basin Trail, Hamlin Ridge Trail, Saddle Trail, Chimney Pond Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, September 9, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We were camping at Roaring Brook, so we didn't have to deal with a Day Use Parking Reservation. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All water crossings are bridged on the Chimney Pond Trail. The crossings on the Saddle Trail were easy. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in excellent shape. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Not allowed in BSP. 
Bugs
Bugs: None to speak of. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Great day in Baxter State Park. I saw a large bull moose about a mile up the Chimney Pond Trail. He was in the woods walking slowly in a line right towards me. I quickly retreated down the trail a ways, then he crossed the trail above me and disappeared into the woods on the other side. I took Saddle Trail up from Chimney Pond because my wife was hiking with me and she was hoping to reach Baxter Peak, and the Saddle Trail is supposed to be the "easiest" way up. She didn't like the boulder climb near the top though, so she headed back down. She wouldn't have liked the slide either. Hamlin Peak was NE 4K #66 for me, and I decided to visit Baxter Peak too since I was so close, even though clouds were covering the summit when I started up. It cleared up by the time I reached the top and the views were stunning.  
Name
Name: BC 
E-Mail
E-Mail: jbcunningham04@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-11 
Link
Link: https:// 
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