|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Lord Hill, Pine Hill, ME|
||Conant Trail, Mine Loop Trail, Deer Hill Road, FR9, FR9A|
|Date of Hike:
||Tuesday, March 23, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Deer Hill Road is plowed for less than a mile from 113. Parked at a turnoff near the end. Room for 3 or 4 vehicles. |
||Dry Trail, Ice - Breakable Crust, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Monorail (Unstable) |
||Light Traction |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No issues |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails are a mess. Branches and limbs. Too many blowdowns to count, but all were fairly easy to go over, under or around. |
|Lost and Found:
||I did the loop over these two hills today following the Conant Trail. On the way down I backtracked and hiked up the Mine Loop Trail to the site of the old Mica Mine and poked around. Trails are described in both the Maine Mountain Guide (AMC) and the White Mountain Guide (AMC) in sections on Evans Notch. |
What looked like an easy morning hike in the planning stages last night turned into a bit of a challenge. I didn't get done until about 2:30. First, the trail up Pine Hill was not at all easy to follow through a recently logged area. Possible that some trees with yellow blazes were logged. I lost the trail twice and ended up bushwhacking up the steeps. I rejoined the trail just below the WMNF boundary, and from there I had no issues staying on it the rest of the day. Snow is rotting almost everywhere and was deep only in a few sections. There's some ice in the shade and spikes were on for most of the hike, including Deer Hill Road walk. Nice sunny day, and the Mica Mine is worth a visit.
Didn't mention it above, but I also hiked up Deer Hills Trail to the Spring. That trail is in nice condition.
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