|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Coburn Mountain, ME|
||Coburn Mountain Trail, snowmobile trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, September 20, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||access road is in excellent condition |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|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:
||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. |
|Lost and Found:
||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!
||Sam Shirley |
Disclaimer: Reports are not verified - conditions may vary. Use at own risk. Always be prepared when hiking. Observe all signs. Trail conditions reports are not substitutes for weather reports or common sense.