Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Big Moose Mountain , ME
Trails: Big Moose Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, August 10, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: The road in should be okay for low clearance cars with care. The mid-sized parking lot should be able to easily hold a dozen plus cars before beginning to overflow I think. When I arrived at 4pm, there was one other. None upon my return just shy of 6:30pm.  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Rock hopable. I believe the crossings are up high and pretty small so water would need to be very high to make these an issue.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The trail is blazed in blue I believe. I don’t recall the frequency but I didn’t find the trail hard to follow. I do not remember any blowdowns.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Very steep and rough in sections but no real scrambling so most hiking dogs should be okay. None seen.  
Bugs: I don’t recall them being bad.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: 2nd hike after Old Eagle Rock Trail to Eagle Rock nearby on my 5th day in New Vineyard and on my way to Millinocket! The trail immediately started off as wet and muddy from the parking lot but I don’t think that lasted terribly long and I don’t recall how muddy and wet the rest of it was. According to some hikers I’d met, it had downpoured not long ago (yay me, I somehow missed it between Eagle Rock and here) so the rocks and all were wet though although I don’t remember anything being terribly slick. The trail is gradual for a ways as the guidebook described but does become quite steep and rough at times later on. There’s no real scrambling though.

The outlook 1.6mi in is signed, easy to find, and shown on Gaia. The first viewpoint from it that the guidebook describes is becoming overgrown. The second one is still quite nice and features a cool rock you can scramble up if you so choose. I did not quite get a 360 degree view from the summit but the views were nonetheless great. I took the herd path north from the summit down to the helipad but did not note Mirror Lake which I wish I had! I also do not recall seeing a herd path headed toward the ski area but that doesn’t mean there isn’t one…

I returned the same way and Gaia had me at 4.5mi, 1800ft of gain, 2hr15min.  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-17 
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