|Hiking Trail Conditions Report
|Mt. Coe, South Brother, North Brother, Fort Mountain, ME
|Marston Trail, bushwhack, Mt. Coe Trail
|Date of Hike:
|Tuesday, February 21, 2023
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
|Parking on the Telos Road was plowed.
|Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Easy on the Marston Trail, a bit more difficult on the Coe Trail.
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lots of trees to walk around and branches in your face.
|No dogs. Canada Lynx and lots of snowshoe hare tracks on the Williams Pond Rd. Boreal chickadees on the mountain and Canada jays at parking area.
|Lost and Found:
|We hiked from Nesowadnehunk Cabin to the Marston Trailhead. We were so lucky (thank you BrianZ and others) - the trail was well broken all the way to Fort and So. Brother. The bushwhack to Fort was a piece of cake as we could see (sometimes barely) snowshoe tracks on the crust that lead us to a great route through the trees. This was so much easier than previous times. Oddly enough, this section from No. Brother to Fort and back was the easiest part of the trip. Our trip to So. Brother was uneventful. We broke trail from the turn to So. Brother up Coe - trail finding was tricky at times, but helped by Gaia. We came down Coe Slide - far right, hugging the tree and found the Coe Trail, but then lost it. We struggled through spruce traps and thick areas until we relocated the trail on the right side of the stream. All Trails and one of two Gaia apps didn't provide enough information here or maybe had trouble with satellites. Once we were on the Coe Trail, it crossed the stream a few more times and straightened out back to the Coe/Marston trail junction. It was uneventful down to the trailhead and up the road back to Nesowadnehunk Cabin.
This trip took 16 hours and would not have been possible without the hard work of others locating and breaking trail.
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.