|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||South Crocker Mountain, Crocker Mountain, Mt. Redington, ME|
||Appalchian Trail, herd path|
|Date of Hike:
||Friday, July 19, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at designated lot directly off of ME 27. Gravel lot. Beware of leaving valuables in your car. This lot is shielded from road view by a thick line of trees. Too easy for break-ins. Leave valuables at home and car doors unlocked (so your windows don’t get smashed). Good parking for 20+ cars. |
||Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||This an inordinately dry trail. There is only one water point on the AT heading from ME 27 to Crocker. This source is one mile below the summit. There are no other water sources until Crocker Cirque. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||An excellent trail for pups on cooler days. No obstacles that would pose a threat. |
||Oh man. These viscous little blood suckers don’t let up until the frost comes... I think my thick layer of sweat and grease kept them off towards the end... or I no longer cared. |
|Lost and Found:
||Very long hike (15 miles) due to the closure of Caribou Pond Rd for logging. This road is closed Monday thru Fridays until mid-December.|
See water notes above. This is likely your largest challenge to plan for on hot, humid days.
Herd path: excellent foot path from the summit of South Crocker to Mt Redington. Some soul has been kind enough to blaze (sparse but nevertheless there) parts of this path with orange flagging tape. I thank you (but still carried a copy of Maine Mountain Guide, map, and compass).
To access the herd path you follow the path for the South Crocker viewpoint. Look to the right for a stealth campsite. The herd path begins here. Advice: after turning right (west) when you reach the boundary line, you do not go far before turning left onto the narrow path that takes you away from the boundary line and descends to the Col between South Crocker and Redington. We missed this junction as the carin and brush barrier had been knocked over (with highly suspect moose prints on either side of this path). All we saw was a couple of rocks and what looked like broken sticks.
We made our corrections and were able to better see the junction on the way back. We fixed the carin and brush barrier. If you follow the Guide to the letter, you will have no issue navigating this herd path. It is well travelled.
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.