|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Mt. Abraham, ME|
||Fire Wardens Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Wednesday, June 12, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||The 5 miles on Rapid Stream Rd were uneventful if you keep speeds below 25mph. This is a dirt road in Maine... expect potholes, rocks and downed trees/ branches. Washout section well repaired with solid rock fill.
There were multiple warnings about needing higher clearance vehicles if taking the right fork past the two bridges on Rapid Stream road as that road may be in rough shape. On our travel this did not prove to be the case. A standard passenger vehicle (probably not a Prius or other very low clearance car) can make it up this road in dry conditions. Ample parking in designated lot on ATV trail. |
||Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Significant |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One major crossing at start of trail. We hiked the day after heavy rainfall and water levels were up. You will have to wade through shin deep water or get creative with the few available rocks above the water level. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||Trail crew scheduled to be out working next week. |
||This trail is wet and has more than the average black fly and mosquito levels, especially at the lower elevations. Deer flies present in surprising numbers at the summit. It is peak black fly season in northern Maine which means swarms. Be prepared to either wear bug nets or keep moving, quickly. We were not able to camp at the site because of the severity of the fly swarms. No repellent works on black flies. |
|Lost and Found:
||Very nice trail with a superb 360 degree view. Blue blazing present to tree line. Carins well placed above tree line allowing for a quick ascension of the the rock slide. Well travelled trail making the path easy to follow, even for novices. |
The campsite has a nice privy and fire ring. Water source is a stream 0.1 miles south of site. The sign at the start of the trail says that the campsite is 1.8 miles in, the Maine Mountain Guide says 2.6 miles. I think that the campsite distance is somewhere in between there.
Enjoy this 4000 footer of Maine!
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.