Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Daicey Pond , ME
Trails: Appalachian Trail, Nature Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, August 15, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Small-mid sized parking area for several cars right where the AT crosses the road into Daicey Pond Campground. Day users are not supposed to drive into the campground beyond this spot and there’s a sign explaining this. Two other cars when I arrived at 6:30pm and one other when I returned at 7:15pm. $16 for non-ME residents for a day pass and $42 for a season pass. Roads in BSP have a lot of potholes at the moment and can be bumpy but should be fine for low clearance cars.  
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: None BUT I will note that Nesowadnehunk Stream would have been a DEEP ford. It wasn’t raging by any means but was moving swiftly and was deep enough that I couldn’t quite tell exactly how deep and would’ve been very cautious wading across it myself. I checked this out because I was considering redlining the trails between Daicey and Kidney ponds.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The AT is blazed in white and the Nature Trail in blue (faded). I don’t recall frequency but neither were hard to follow. Trail signs were intact and I do not recall any blowdowns. Note that there was no sign for the Daicey-Kidney Link Trail though on the other side of the road. Perhaps they took it down because water is so high or due to damage from high water this year??  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: No dogs allowed in BSP.  
Bugs: Mosquitos were feasting on my calves this late in the evening.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: None 
Comments: 3rd hike of the day on my 5th and final day in Millinocket with the family. Was going to try and redline the trails in between Daicey and Kidney ponds but Nesowadnehunk Stream was very high and there was no trail sign. I’m going to have to look into this and see if the trail was decommission or damage was done to it from all the rains this year.

Anyway, this was a quick and pleasant clockwise loop around Daicey Pond to finish up the trails there. Relatively flat, good footing, nice trail bed, and great views. Just west of the campground there’s a 4-way jct. I turned right here to get the last smidgen of Nature Trail then returned to the jct then continued on the AT back to my car. I look forward to exploring the falls south of here along the AT another time :) Lastly, note that though the guidebook calls it Nature Trail, Gaia calls it DP Nature Trail, and it’s signed as either the latter or “Daicey Nature Trail”. Gaia had me at 1.5-1.75mi, 100ft of gain, 40min.  
Name: Liam Cooney  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-08-22 
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