Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Coe, South Brother, North Brother, Fort Mountain, ME
Trails: Marston Trail, Mt. Coe Trail. South Brother Spur, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 10, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: We arrived at 6:30 on Saturday morning and the Marston lot was 3/4 full.  
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: Water crossings on the Marston Trail were all easily rock hoppable. Some of the rocks are slippery.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Annoying gnats on top of North Brother and Fort, otherwise, no bugs. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This loop of 4 peaks took close to 12 hours. The slide going up Coe had a lot of wet areas, so we took our time route finding. This slide slowed us down, but it is best to be cautious. Heading to South Brother was fine. Trail was in nice shape and there were some steep rock scrambles to the summit. The trek over to North Brother was fine. Near the summit of North Brother, there are a few large boulders to climb that took some time to navigate. The challenge was the Fort bushwhack. The cairns heading down North Brother were easy to see and follow. The herd path is obvious. Once in the spruce trees, it was hard to see your feet. There are many blowdowns at awkward heights, not knowing weather to go over or under. It was an 80 degree day, so I wore short sleeves and got many scratches. Lots of sharp branches. My hiking companion tore his hiking pants. I will never hike this mountain again, but if I did, I would wear long pants, gaiters and a long sleeve shirt. The loop of my boot shoelaces kept catching on branches that I could not see down below and it caused me to trip twice. So if gaiters were covering my laces, this could have been avoided. I did wear safety glasses—highly recommended. $2.99 at Walmart. This was peak 87 on the Hundred Highest so I have done many bushwhacks but this one drew the most blood!  
Name: Sue S 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-12 
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