Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks South Crocker Mountain, ME
Trails: Bushwhack, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 21, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the Sugarloaf Golf Club, there was plenty of space nearly 8 AM. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: A couple of little water crossings on the Appalachian Trail were partly exposed, but they were easily avoidable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
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Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: We didn't see a single soul during this hike, except on the golf club trails. We bushwhacked from the golf club to Caribou Valley Road, then reached the Appalachian Trail after a long walk on the road. The initial plan was to do South Crocker, North Crocker and Redington, but the climb was more difficult than expected because of the important amount of fresh powdered snow and the fact that we opened the trail from the bushwack to South Crocker summit and viewpoint. The steep section of South Crocker was hard to climb, because we were sliding down at each step. We had to kick hard in the snow with our snowshoes (MSR Evo Ascent) to get a good grip to climb. Our trekking poles were also very helpful! When we reached South Crocker summit, we were already exhausted. After our lunch break, we tried to find a path to reach Redington, then checked the AT trail to North Crocker and we decided to go back. The trees were constantly in our faces because of the amount of snow. Since our energy was getting low, turning back was the best decision for our safety. At least, we grabbed one summit! The tricky part on the way down was the steep part. I buttsled most of the time and had to use trees to stop me! We definitely will be back in summer to do North Crocker and Redington.  
Name: Violaine DH 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-01-22 
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