|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||East Kennebago Mountain, ME|
||Bushwhack, herd path|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, July 10, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||From the junction of Rts. 4 & 16 in Rangeley, take Rt. 16 north for 9.5 miles then take a left. Zero out odometer. Go over a bridge, take a right and go over a second bridge. At .9 miles bear right. At about 1.9 miles bear left. At 2.9 miles take a left leaving the main logging road to drive on an older logging road. Continue driving staying on this older road. See note below on following the road on a USGS map loaded on a smartphone. Warning: when you leave the main logging road the old logging road becomes very rocky and rough. A 4 wheel or all wheel drive vehicle with high clearance is strongly recommended. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||small seasonal stream at the beginning |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Not too bad. Mostly horse flies and a few black flies |
|Lost and Found:
||With a 4 wheel drive truck we were able to drive right up and park near a seasonal stream. We passed two other parked vehicles along the way. For the hike we fell into the same trap as the other party that hiked the mountain on the same day. Unless you like bushwhacking thru tall vegetation and around blowdowns there is a much easier route to follow. After crossing the seasonal stream go STRAIGHT to continue on the old logging road. Some of the road has vegetation but eventually it will become obvious that you are on an old road. At a point farther up the road, around 2900 feet, you will come across a yellow stake on the left and yellow blazed trees marking the beginning of the herd path. The path is pretty well marked to the summit.|
As an aid to making the correct turns driving the logging road and hiking the continuation of the road, use a smartphone app like “IHikeGPS” and download the Quill Hill 24K USGS map. This map shows only one logging road which is what you should follow both driving and hiking to the herd path. The app allows you to see exactly where you are on the logging road.
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.