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Peaks
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: Safford Brook Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, September 15, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Only car in the lot today. Road is in excellent condition  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: All easy hoppable or bridged 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are in great shape 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: We ascended via the Safford Brook Trail, and we were the only ones using that trail all day. There are many scenic viewpoints along the way (at least 6 before reaching the alpine zone), and the views were clear and spectacular all day long. The two highest summits of Bigelow are beautiful, and from their alpine summits, you can see every Maine 4k, except for Old Speck & North Brother (although I'm not certain you can see Hamlin). We came across a number of AT hikers, and one group from a 4H camp, but we didn't see any other day hikers out today. It was quite chilly, with summit temperatures in the 40s, and winds sustained at 40-50 mph with higher gusts. However, we were able to find a great sunny spot out of the wind on West Peak, and it was quite an enjoyable place to eat lunch! It was all around an excellent hike!  
Name
Name: Sam Shirley  
E-Mail
E-Mail: newenglandskier13@aol.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-09-15 
Link
Link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/MaineHiking/permalink/2666077106868000/ 
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