Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Flat Hill (Heald Bradley Ponds Reserve) , ME
Trails: Flat Hill Trail, bushwhack
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, February 25, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The parking situation was just a little confusing… just before the trailhead there’s signs saying not to park there as it’s an active plow truck turnaround. You could bear left here or continue straight on a narrower path that looked more like a snowmobile trail toward the trailhead. If it weren’t for these signs, I probably would’ve just parked here. Continuing ahead, immediately beyond, you’ll come to the trailhead and more plowed out areas. I parked here. AWD may help going this hair further down the road to where it appears they want you to park. Clearer signage would also help. Beyond this, the roads were plowed but had some packed snow/ice on them. Should be doable by any car.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Ice - Blue, Snow - Unpacked Powder 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing that isn’t bridged.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail is no longer marked with purple dots as the guidebook describes but with yellow diamonds instead. Very well marked. I don’t think there were any blowdowns. There is a small sign and marker at the start of the trail.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Sure  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: First hike of the day. Very easy, family friendly hike with a solid view at the end. Snow conditions were EXCELLENT…finally!! Just a few inches of powder over a solid base made for very quick traveling. Easy grades helped too ;) There was an OAB set of snowshoe tracks headed up but they turned around a short ways in. Despite the trail being very well marked, you could easily miss a turn at the base of a steeper grade just before the summit where the trail switchbacks and crosses an old road a couple of times. The trail ends at a nice view toward the peaks of Evans Notch and the eastern mountains of NH. I bushwhacked a very short distance to the true summit and walked around the ridge a little. On my way down, I cut off some of the switchbacks and stuck to the road. Gaia had me at 1.3mi, 350ft of gain, 40min. Snowshoeing doesn’t get much easier (or better!) than this!!  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-02-28 
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