|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Cutler Coast Public Reserved Land , ME|
||Inland Trail, Coastal Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, June 22, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||There is an upper and lower parking area with room for about 15-20 vehicles. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Lots of little streams to cross. Mudholes are currently the more significant problem on the trails. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Please take note that the Inland Trail is over a mile longer due to a permanent relocation to avoid a beaver flowage which submerged the old trail. Updated maps are available at the trailhead, but the changes are not yet reflected on websites like Maine Trail Finder.
The Inland Trail relocation could certainly benefit from some log bridges near the south end of the relocation, lots of mud there.
Much trail work was done and new log bridges constructed on the first section of the Coastal Trail from the TH to the coast.
Some overgrown sections, there was one spot in tall grasses north of Black Point Cove where I temporarily lost the Coastal Trail for about 50 yards. Also take note when the Coastal Trail comes out on the rocks along the coast, blazes are sometimes sparse. But on the whole, the trails are generally easy to follow. |
||I saw some dogs along the trail. They'll need to be well-behaved, as there's lots of mud and cliff hazards. |
||It's bug season! This area did not disappoint in that respect.....take the usual precautions to ensure a tolerable experience. |
|Lost and Found:
||The Cutler Coast did not disappoint me as one of Maine's most beautiful coastal hikes. It was more of an adventuresome experience enduring the bugs, wet/muddy trails, and a quick downpour that had me taking shelter in an overhanging alcove inside one of the coastal rock walls. Thankfully, it was sunny most of the time, and the temperatures were tolerable. For an optimal experience, I might recommend waiting for the trails to dry up some and the bugs to diminish - everything's still pretty wet and boggy (though having 2-3 inches of rain fall over the previous 2 days did have something to do with this). But the rewards - stunning views, incredible woods/coast diversity, and experiencing one of the few areas of the Maine coast that is true wilderness - are worth it all.|
I saw about 15 people, all spread out, so that the place didn't seem overly crowded. This area isn't quite unknown, but it definitely beats the crowds at Acadia, etc.
||Dan Saxton |
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.