Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, Blueberry Knoll, ME
Trails: Chimney Pond Trail, Saddle Trail, Northwest Basin Trail, Hamlin Ridge Trail, North Basin Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 6, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Slept at the bunkhouse 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Trace/Minimal Depth, Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Light Traction, Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: No issues 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Everything was encases with ice high up and was frustrating  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Can’t 
Bugs: No 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Lost a glove and found a headband which was then found and given back lol 
Comments: Well what a freaking day to hit the peaks! It was 4 degrees when we started all staggered out. Dolores went out before us and she got some nice colors on the way and had to be the first to break through some of the rough areas. I had spikes on but I would have preferred crampons for the ice and the loose snow for sure. The slide section towards the top was a little sketchy going e side hill but we all had no issues and no slides on it. Once we got up on the flat land it was all rimmed over and filled in. It was like walking on the moon heading over to Baxter peak. We got so lucky as the wind was only calling for 5-10 mph and it may have been just that or less. We made it to the summit sign in the blue skies and sun!! What a day! We then headed over to Hamlin with 2 taking off down Saddle. it was a little more spots heading over to Hamlin for sure. We hit the peak and then went down the ridge which we knew would be challenging. It was as the snow got less the holes were not filled in and the rocks started to become exposed. We made it down tediously and since it was only noontime 4 of use headed over to blueberry knoll again to take in what we just did again. We had lunch in the chilly air but no wind area. What a way to end the day and still have plenty time left. We all enjoyed the bunkhouse and some of Greg’s stories from working in the park for so long.  
Name: Danielle 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-10 
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