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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Abraham, ME
Trails
Trails: Fire Warden's Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, September 12, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The gravel Rapid Stream Road is not up to the standards of the WMNF forest roads. Nevertheless, the road is passable for all vehicles with care and low speeds. One section of the road is precariously close the stream channel. Hopefully, the stream bank is reinforced to avoid a collapse of the roadway during torrential rainfall. Turn off route 27 in Kingfield by Jordan Lumber on West Kingfield Road (paved). Follow until it turns to gravel. Continue straight on to Rapid Stream Road (face on road sign). Just before reaching the bridge crossing there is a sign on a tree pointing left for Mt Abram. Go over the two bridges that span the two river channels. Turn immediately right (no longer a sign for this turn) after crossing the second bridge and drive about a half a mile to the parking area (at the lot there is a small sign under a larger sign for the Fire Warden's Trail). Do not follow the forest road that leads right at the parking area. The bridges are in good condition. Additional signage on the roads for Mt Abraham (Mt Abrams) would help newcomers find the trailhead as there are some side roads leading to other destinations. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There are a series of brook crossings at low elevation. All were easily crossed on rocks or on a downed tree. Be careful as some rocks may be slippery. The brooks are not deep. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail in good condition. I recall one downed tree about a foot above the ground that is easily walked over. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Fine for dogs 
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: The Fire Warden's Trail from the parking lot to the MBPL campsite is level or low grade woods walk. The MBPL camp site has a fire pit with small grate, a privy, and tent sites. Thereafter the grade steepens with good footing. The trail breaks out to the alpine area which is a mix of small rocks between larger fixed rocks. Some spots with scrub. The summit has remnants of the old fire tower and is marked with a sign and large cairn. It is worth the slight effort to proceed southeastward a short distance marked by large cairns to obtain a great view along the vast alpine ridge of Mt Abraham. From the summit there are great views of most of the neighboring 4K peaks. Some autumn foliage colors. Also, many colorful mushrooms.
Had a nice conversation with Mackenzie for part of the ascent and the descent. Only Mainers were hiking on Mt Abraham today.  
Name
Name: WAUMBEK 
E-Mail
E-Mail: waumbek@roadrunner.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-12 
Link
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