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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Sunday River Whitecap, Old Speck Mountain, Baldpate Mountain - West Peak, Baldpate Mountain - East Peak, Long Mountain, Puzzle Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Grafton Loop Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, July 22, 2019
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing you can’t handle with some rock hopping. Most of the crossings were down to a trickle.  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Some overgrown under growth on the private lands. Hard to see your feet. A few blow downs. Easy to navigate around.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Labradoodle and German Shepard on puzzle mountain. Springer spaniel on table rock (steep climb...good job pooch) 
Bugs
Bugs: A few flies enjoyed following me around. A cool breeze and cool temps kept them mostly away. Did not need a mosquito net...just some bug spray. Was of no issue on my four day trek on the grafton loop.  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: 4 days and 40+ plus miles of trekking. Outstanding views from the summit of baldpate and puzzle mountains. Strenuous climbs and steep descents all made for outstanding hiking. Some of the trail between long Mt and puzzle was tough to follow. Made a few mistakes but easily self corrected. Swimming holes leading to knoll and town center campgrounds made for a great lunch/cool off spot.

The AT stretch from rt 26 up to baldpate summit is majestic.
Saw some nobo’s and one sobo. Truely inspirational.

This is a fantastic multi day hike. Be prepared for serious elevation gains. Go for it! Well worth the effort.  
Name
Name: Matt 
E-Mail
E-Mail: Matt.sternthal@gmail.con 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2019-07-26 
Link
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