Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Coburn Mountain, ME
Trails: Coburn Mountain Trail, snowmobile trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, September 20, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: access road is in excellent condition 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: There was running water along the eroded section of trail which took care to avoid and a very wet section of the snowmobile trail. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The footpath section of trail is clear and very well maintain. Roughly 1/3 mile of the snowmobile trail below the first radio repeater is extremely eroded. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: none 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The snowmobile trail up Coburn Mountain is included in the new edition of the Maine Mountain Guide, and I had not hiked that route up yet, so it gave me a good excuse to go back to Coburn. The road to the trailhead is in excellent condition, and I arrived around 8:45. I had heard that a storm earlier in the year caused significant damage to the lower portion of the trail, so I was interested to see how bad it was. It turns out it was pretty bad! Water had carved a canyon up to 6 feet deep in the trail. This portion was somewhat tricky to navigate, due to the loose rocks and dirt, but luckily it didn't last for too long.

Just past the first radio repeater, I turned right off of the snowmobile trail onto the footpath to the summit. The footpath seems to have seen some significant maintenance since I was there last. It now follows a well cleared trail corridor and both end points on the snowmobile trail are clear and obvious. It is still just about as steep as a trail can possibly be without being a scramble, and it luckily hasn't seen much of any erosion. The steepness of the trail is impossible to capture in photos, but I've given my best attempt. The summit was in a cloud when I reached it, and it unfortunately didn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. I spent a bit of time exploring around the summit, and walked a short distance down the old fire watchman's trail heading north of the summit.

On the descent, I followed the snowmobile trail. The upper part wasn't bad, but the section below the switchback was very grassy and wet. I would definitely recommend avoiding the snowmobile trail in most circumstances and instead just doing an out and back on the footpath. After reaching the lower radio repeater again, I headed back to my car along the lower portion of the snowmobile trail/old road. On the drive out, I stopped briefly at Markham Pond, near the start of the Enchanted Mountain Road. Although I didn't get any of the outstanding views from the top today, it just gives me another reason to head back to Coburn again in the future!  
Name: Sam Shirley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-09-20 
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