|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Barker Mountain, ME|
||Ski trails, Summit Trail, bushwhack|
|Date of Hike:
||Saturday, May 6, 2023|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Parked at Whitecap base area at Sunday River. |
||Dry Trail, Wet/Slippery Rock, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Black flies were starting to get vexing, but not yet biting. |
|Lost and Found:
||Went up the ski trails to the top of Whitecap (considered the hiking trail that parallels Shock Wave, but the entrance had a spring-loaded blowdown buried in snow, and footbed had water running down it). White Heat still has fairly continuous snow coverage on the steeps.|
From the top of Whitecap, I took the Summit Trail (yellow blazes) to USGS Barker Mountain (aka Locke Mountain on the ski map), where there were great views of the snowcapped Presidentials. Some pooled water in the col, but otherwise fairly dry.
Probably best to avoid the Barker Mountain part of the ski area (next bump north of USGS Barker Mountain), as heavy construction is underway for the chairlift replacement.
Nice sunny morning with temperatures in the 60s and a good breeze up high. Yellow violets in bloom and trillium just about to pop.
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.