|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Tumbledown Dick Mountain (Peru), ME|
||Tumbledown Dick Mountain Trail, old logging roads, unnamed trails|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, April 18, 2021|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at the end of Hammond Hill Road |
||Wet Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Snow - Wet/Sticky, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||Some small streams which could be hopped without too much trouble |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trails were all well cleared ATV trails |
||Not yet |
|Lost and Found:
||I returned to Peru today to hike the last peak in town which I have yet to visit, Tumbledown Dick Mountain. There was little to no snow in the valleys and I was able to make it to the trailhead at the end of Hammond Hill Road without issue.|
I started by following the trail to the viewpoint on Hedgehog Hill, which is a subpeak of Tumbledown Dick. It offers good views over the valley to the south.
From the viewpoint I followed the trail back to the old logging road. This section of trail was wet and rough, due to recent logging. Once back at the logging road it was pretty easy going for a while, although the amount of snow gradually increased. I turned right off the logging road onto the eroded trail to the summit. This trail was slow going due to the plentiful mud and wet sections. Near the top, it transitions to mostly rock slabs, which was easier going, but still slippery.
At the summit, the trail emerges at the top of cliffs which plummet 600 feet to the valley floor below. There are spectacular views to the south into a rarely seen area and a unique view of Black and Speckled Mountains. This area continues to surprise me with great hikes that are often overlooked. Best of all, I somehow managed to keep my feet mostly dry through the snow and mud on today's hike!
||Sam Shirley |
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.