Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Boundary Bald Mountain, ME
Trails: Trail Road, Boundary Bald Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, September 9, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: From US route 201 about 1/4 mile past The Falls rest area, I turned right onto Notch Rd and followed it about 4.5 miles to a fork with Trail Road; I parked in a grassy clearing just past the junction and started hiking from there. There is also more parking a little farther up Trail Road, but that part of the road is somewhat rough and high clearance/4x4 might be helpful. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No crossings 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: One duck-under blowdown about 1/3 of the way up the Boundary Bald Trail. Also, parts of that trail had some fairly dense overgrowth. Fortunately, it was blazed reasonably well and the footway was easy to discern.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Not a single bug out there- the cool temps, moderate breeze, and off-and-on rain showers kept them at bay. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Trail Road was somewhat torn up by logging trucks, but walking up and down it was straightforward with no real footing issues. Great views from different points along the road as well. Before intersecting the Boundary Bald Trail, Trail Road went into a dense wooded canopy from the vastly more open logged out area through which it previously ascended. The abruptness of it felt like I was going into a tunnel.

The lower part of the Boundary Bald Trail followed an old stream bed in some areas, and was on a heavily eroded footpath in others. The steep mid-section was in decent shape, although it did have some dense overgrowth right before popping out above the trees. From the treeline to the summit, inexperienced eyes might have some difficulty following the trail, but seasoned hikers would be all set.

The summit was open and rocky and would normally have sweeping views, but it was foggy when I was up there, so no dice. There was also a helipad and a couple small buildings and a communication tower on the summit.

Overall, despite not getting any summit views, this was still a great hike in the wild country of the North Maine Woods, and IMO the weather conditions added to the remote, wild atmosphere. Also, I didn't see anyone else the whole time.  
Name: Spencer 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-10 
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