Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Bigelow Mountain - Avery Peak, Bigelow Mountain - West Peak, ME
Trails: Stratton Brook Pond Road, Firewardens Trail, Appalachian Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 11, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: AT parking lot was plowed out and plenty of room for cars. Being early risers, we parked on Stratton Brook Road. Don't block the landowners access, or the snowmo. There is enough for about three cars 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues with water 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: No issues for the shorties, but anyone over 5'3, there are some head bangers 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Ruger would have no issues. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: UNE BELLA JOURNEE DANS LE BOIS! What a day! Last weekend, everything went wrong. This weekend, everything just worked out. We set out from the neighborhood following frozen solid snomo tracks. We made quick work to the summer trailhead to find some absolute lunatic went about another half mile up the hiking trail before turning back. Take what you can get. I think there might have been sparks flying with how fast we where moving. Spikes to the privy, then snowshoes more or less to the same point upon return. We "broke" trail through about an inch of crust and an inch of pow pow to the col, from there it got a little trickier (and a lot deeper). Busting to Avery was the worst side hill stuff in a while, dont worry, some bare booters came through and wrecked the track. Absolutely terrible on the ankles in this section! Winds on Avery where no nonsense but we found a wind break and where able to enjoy endless views - including Katahdin! Dropped back to the col to run into several familiar faces. We again busted up to West Peak, of which winds where far more amicable to hanging out. We contemplated going for South Horn for W100 but I was outvoted. I believe everyone that went out after us had snowshoes on so this might freeze up, but with the 40-50 temps this coming week, might be tricky. Amazing day, especially when joined by our North of the Bordah friend! I took a massive tumble on the way out on the steeps, still trying to nurse the core muscles post hernia surgery. One minute I was on the trail looking at the scenery, the next I was in the scenery looking at the trail. It was bad enough no photos where taken - but I have some monster bruises. Chicks dig those, ya? :)  
Name: The Teal Goat, Honey_Badger, Priscilla, Steve, Chantal 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-12 
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