Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Crocker Mountain, South Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME
Trails: Bushwhack, Caribou Valley Road, Appalachian Trail, bushwhack, snowmobile trails
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 18, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at the golf course. Little trouble finding my way to the bridge initially. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: The small brook crossings were not a problem. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Thankfully I had prior tracks to follow for all the bushwhacks as the surveyor tape is too few and far between to really navigate by. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Trails from golf course parking up to South Crocker all in good shape - crusty and solid as the temp was about 15 degrees. Traction from Golf Course to the AT and then switched to snowshoes for the rest of the hike. Ascent from CRV to South Crocker was easy in the beginning and then got super steep near the summit. I had read about the pitch of this section in previous reports and I was happy I was not going to have to descend this section. From South Crocker to Crocker and back, I was hiking through the Spruce Canopy the majority of the trail - it was relentless. The section of bushwhack from South Crocker to the snowmobile trail on the way to Redington was tough to follow with previous tracks that were all over the place. Sometimes they split into three directions only for two of the sets of tracks to come to dead ends. I relied on my GAIA GPS to get me through it. Near the end I just created a new path to get out of the woods and to the snowmobile trail (I felt like I was in a Maze). From the snowmobile trail up to Redington, the beginning was tight with spruce that meant more branches in the face but it soon opened up. Rather than ascend back up the bushwhack to S Crocker, I added about 3 extra miles and took the snowmobile trail back the entire way back to the Golf Course bushwhack (Thank you to Paul K's post 2/13/23 for this tip). Did not see any other hikers. Also, link to my Gaia Track below. If anyone wants this turned into a route file let me know and I can hook up up.  
Name: Bos10John 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-19 
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