Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Sentinel Mountain , ME
Trails: Sentinel Link Trail, Sentinel Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, August 11, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Kidney Pond. Park Tote Rd was its usual self. They keep it in good enough shape for any car with care. Free for ME residents, $16/day for non-residents, and $42 for a season pass.  
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: One of the crossings was a little tricky. I believe it was of Beaver Brook which seems to be an outlet of a wetland/small pond to the west. You could rock hop directly across but it was a bit awkward and difficult as there was a big step up to a larger boulder most of the way across. The other option was to go slightly upstream and cross on smaller rocks but they may have been a little submerged and slimy but with waterproof boots you should be fine. At normal water levels, I imagine the crossing is easy. Any other water crossings were easier.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Sentinel Link and Sentinel Mountain Trail were both blazed in blue. The blazing wasn’t faded. I don’t recall frequency but they weren’t hard to follow. There was one duck under (or walk under if you’re short;) leaner a ways in the flat section of Sentinel Mtn Trail. It was delimbed and fairly large. Trail signs were intact.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Dogs are not allowed in BSP.  
Bugs: There were some but not terrible if I recall correctly.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: First hike of our first day staying in Millinocket! I figured this would be a good one to do with the parents but they turned around shortly before things got steep due to some technical difficulties. Probably for the best as parts of the upper section of trail are quite steep and offer poor, rocky, rooty footing. You’re also hiking up a drainage so the footing was wet. The loop at the top also included some minor scrambling so it was probably for the better. Don’t let the stats deceive you: although the first half or more is quite flat, the last bit is rather steep. To add to the fun, the sky was very dark on the summit and I heard thunder not far off by Katahdin. Lucky for me, I never got downpoured on though nearby clearly did as I walked through freshly wet vegetation on my way down. Last thing to note is that although the Sentinel Link Trail is flat, the footing of often bouldery and rough as it walks along the pond. Gaia had me at 6mi, 1100ft of gain.  
Name: Liam Cooney 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-18 
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