Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks North Brother, South Brother, Fort Mountain, ME
Trails: Marston Trail, Mt. Coe Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, February 16, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Williams Pond Road 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor all crossable but not all bridged. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Blown Downs but avoidable 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: None allowed. 
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: Skied in from Nesowadnehunk bunkhouse on Thursday, left by 5:50 am, pulled our sleds, it took 75 minutes and mostly downhill, on the way back it took 90 minutes with snowshoes, not sure the skiis were worth it. First 2 miles of Marston broken out to pond, then it was all breaking trail. Difficult with low hanging spruce and steep up Marston. Main goal was to get to Fort, so we went on to North Brother, which was the hardest part of trip, very dense going up until we broke tree line, then windy and found sign which was broken. Headed to Fort, went straight off North Brother for about 150 yards towards Fort then worked our way to the left and headed towards the left part of ridge, best path ever! We hit a few spruce traps and pushing thru a few spruce but not as much as we expected. The path we took was a previous GPS path which took us under the canopy of spruce and again we headed right for the left peak once we worked our way over. Don't know where the top is but both peaks are within 50 yards, so we did both. Couldn't believe how easy. Went back and headed towards South Brother, snow a little deeper and snow up South Brother spur even deeper. Mid thigh and that wasn't the bottom and I'm tall! Came down off South and it was 4:30, had nothing left in tank plus rain forecasted, safer to save Coe for another day! Great day overall! Tote road was well packed by snowmobiles. Hopefully a few hikers will take advantage of our broken trail!  
Name: Brian Z 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-20 
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