|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Catherine Mountain, ME|
||Catherine Mountain Trail, view spur, bushwhack |
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 23, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There’s actually two ends of the dirt road that end on Rt 182 and form an itty bitty loop. Most people will probably opt to park roadside (plenty of room) rather than drive the road the extra 100ft. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||The trail was marked occasionally with blue blaze. No signage anywhere though there’s a small sign on the other end of the informal trail on the Caribou Mtn Trail side. There’s a duck under blowdown that’s small enough you can push up but it hasn’t been delimbed. This is not long after the area of mined rocks. |
|Lost and Found:
||2nd hike of the day after Tunk Mtn and final hike in the area before heading home. Easy hike along the old road to the base of the eastern ridge, then a rather stiff climb up. It levels out a little as it reaches some ledge and the first spur on the right which I walked by on the ascent so keep an eye out for it. The second spur is just a couple hundred feet ahead on left. Both offer good views. I continued walking, even well beyond my turn around point from the other side but never ran into a summit loop. Not even a herd path was on the right. I eventually returned, and, where the first pile of mined rocks was, turned left and bushwhacked over the summit ridge in the hope that I’d stumble upon it but no such luck. If there ever was a summit loop here, I think it’s long gone as I scoured the summit looking for even a faint herd path and didn’t find a trace. If anyone knows otherwise, please do let me know. |
My memory is iffy a week later, but I believe the trails were mostly dry. Lots of mined rock as the trail attains the summit ridge and I found even more on my bushwhack. There were some nice woods up around the summit. Gaia had me at almost 3mi with 500ft of gain, taking 1.5hrs but keep in mind the actual hike is much shorter and this was due to lots of walking back and forth, bushwhacking, etc. in hopes of finding the supposed summit loop.
||Liam Cooney |
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.