Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Spruce Hill, ME
Trails: Spruce Hill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Monday, May 29, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Evans Notch Road is open - hooray! Plenty of room at the East Royce/Spruce Hill trailhead. I don't think it ever filled up during the day. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Leaves - Significant/Slippery 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Nothing major. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: The lower part of the trail was very wet and eroded in places, with lots of fallen leaves. A few blowdowns over the course of the trail. Signs were all in place. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Shouldn't have any issues. 
Bugs: Yes, plenty. Recommend putting on strong bug spray at the trailhead. Hikers who are less tolerant of bugs may want a head net as well. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Nothing. 
Comments: This was redline #1 of the day. Not too much to report. Spruce Hill Trail is one of those trails that prioritizes convenience over beauty - it's not the most interesting or scenic trail out there, but it's fairly easy and will get you to Speckled Mountain with a lot less elevation gain than the standard route up Bickford Brook. I just went to the end of the trail - where it meets Bickford Brook Trail - and turned around there.

I met just one other hiker on Spruce Hill, and a group of hikers at the junction with Bickford Brook. I would see that same group later in the day when I redlined Bickford Slides!  
Name: GN 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-29 
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