|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Goose Eye Mountain, Mt. Carlo, ME|
||Goose Eye Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Carlo Col Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Monday, June 24, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||We elected to approach Goose Eye Trail using Success Pond Rd from the Berlin, NH side. The White Mountain Guide perfectly directs you to the road. The first mile of Success Pond Road is ridiculously rough. That said, a regular passenger vehicle could still make it this mile. At 5 miles per hour... with some creativity in the ruts. But then, man does this turn into a great gravel road!
The remaining miles are a breeze. I was able to travel 20 to 25 miles per hour in an SUV, without 4 wheel drive engaged, while maintaining control of the vehicle. The road is wide enough to permit 2 cars traveling in opposite directions to pass each other.
The trailheads are well signed and easy to find. Staying on the main road was also clear and simple. Don’t take any forks and you will get there.
Goose Eye/Carlo Col trails only have enough parking room for 2 cars. Ample roadside parking without blocking the road. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||All easily negotiable using rocks. Some excellent swimming holes on Carlo Col, even if to only soak tired, hot feet! |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||None. Excellent condition. Please note that Goose Eye Trail is sparsely blazed in blue and these blazes do not start until about half way up. Mahoosuc is well blazed in white. Carlo Col Trail is well blazed in blue all the way to the logging road. The ladder and iron rungs on Mahoosuc, below Goose Eye’s summit on the Mahoosuc Trail, are in great condition. All signage is in place and is in good to excellent condition. |
||None out today. Goose Eye Trail would be excellent for pups. Carlo Col’s ladder and iron rungs would not be appropriate for dogs. There is just no alternate route for them on this part. |
||Yes. They’re there. No swarming noted. But we also wore a heavy combo of natural and DEET repellents. |
|Lost and Found:
||This is a wonderful 360 degree view of both the mountains of Western Maine and the White Mountains at the summit. The summit is really quite worth the effort. |
If you harbor a fear of heights, please note that both the Goose Eye Trail and Mahoosuc Trail approaching Goose Eye summit are steep with some unnerving, but blessedly very short, exposed ledges (read solid rock face scramble at a steep grade). If you can power through these fears you will most certainly be visually rewarded on a clear day!
As stated on Mainetrailfinder.com: do not underestimate the difficulty in hiking the mountains of Western Maine. These mountains are tough. They are also well worth the muscle, lung, mental, and cardiac strain. Take it slow, drink lots of water and eat enough calories. Enjoy this hike!
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.