Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Puzzle Mountain, ME
Trails: Puzzle Mountain Trail, Woodsum Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, March 13, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Plenty of parking in the plowed lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Snow/Ice - Postholes, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Snow bridges are starting to fail. Cross with caution. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A few blowdowns but all are manageable with rerouting, step over or crawl under. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Woefully dogless today. 
Bugs: Not a one. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Puzzle Mountain Trail (Grafton Loop Trail), Woodsum Spur

I started early enough that I was able to use spikes on the ascent. The blue blazed trail up to the summit is badly postholed. I kind of tiptoed around the holes. Once I was on the backside of the mountain via the Woodsum Spur, the snowshoes went on. The snow was sticky and clumped as no one other than a moose had been up there recently. The moose did posthole the trail but she gets a pass. By the time I rejoined the blue blazed trail it was warm and the trail was softening. In the sunny areas, the trail was total slush. I kept the snowshoes on the whole way down in an effort to smooth things out. No other hikers were wearing them today so the trail is pretty trashed.  
Name: Frankenfoot 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-13 
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