|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Goose Eye Mountain, ME|
||Wright Trail, Mahoosuc Trail, Goose Eye Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, June 3, 2020|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Bull Branch Rd is now open. This is a good gravel road that is snow free, firm, and is passable by any vehicle. Bridges are in good shape. Designated parking area holds approx 5 cars. Do NOT block the road. After the parking area the road continues to a gate. This gate leading to logging lands was closed today. |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Rock paths available to cross the Goose Eye Brook. Rain did not significantly increase water levels. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Wright trail: oh boy. There are several blow downs blocking the trail above the campsite. One is blocking the wood steps. Shortly after are a cluster of three downed trunks entangled with each other and whom cover the trail. In another 400 feet there is a gargantuan tree who toppled roots and all directly onto the trail. This is followed in another 200 feet by a second tree who also went roots (and soil) up and over onto the trail. These two have to be hiked around. I tried climbing over the root fan but the drop back to the trail is too far. I fixed the carins that had been knocked over. All signs are up and in good shape. The bog bridges after the ledges are destroyed. Only two planks are intact for the whole system. There are two places where the bog mud is so deep people are hiking on the vegetation on the sides of the trail. One I measured at over two feet deep.
Mahoosuc: none. Blazes up and visible. Bog bridges intact and above the muck.
Goose Eye: saw small fragments of what once were four blue blazes. No full blaze left although the foot bed is easy enough to see now. Trail sign is up and in great shape. No summit sign (but I don’t think there ever was). |
||Not such a great trail for dogs past the campsite. The ledges present an obstacle that may be too much for them to scramble up/down. There is no way to keep a leash on either. The trail is too rough and ledgy in parts. |
||Yes. Even in the rain... |
|Lost and Found:
||Looks like the Wright Trail has been getting some business. Saw lots of evidence of recent foot traffic. No snow on the trail save a 2 foot long patch, a few inches deep, just below treeline. This is a tough hike that takes one up to the Mahoosuc Trail (AT) and Goose Eye from the east.|
Though the rock ledges of the Wright Trail can make one feel like being on the edge of a cliff, I did not feel uneasy in today’s misting rain and low visibility. And I am afraid of heights. The rock on the ledges is very rough creating a lot of friction even though it was wet. The longest section (about 20-30 feet) I was able to crab walk down without sliding. The rocks on the Mahoosuc are far more worn and much more slippery in today’s rain. That 0.1 miles up east peak from the Wright Trail junction was interesting... If you find the fabric to the seat of my pants, just leave it at the trailhead. I’ll be back.
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.