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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Puzzle Mountain, ME
Trails
Trails: Puzzle Mountain Trail, Woodsum Spur
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Lots of room in the lovely plowed lot. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow - Drifts, Snow - Spring Snow 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Still Bridges 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Oh dear. Where to begin. Thanks to the last wind storm the first 2 miles are like a war zone. So much debris on the trail. There are numerous blowdowns as well. All can be stepped over, crawled under, or walked around but there are quite a few.  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Woefully, there were no doggos out today. 
Bugs
Bugs: Not yet... 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: We found a single stabilicer on the Woodsum Spur and left it at the trailhead. 
 
Comments
Comments: Puzzle Mountain Trail (Grafton Loop Trail), Woodsum Spur

The wind storm has wreaked havoc on this poor trail down low. We both started in spikes and switched to snowshoes at the lower junction of the Woodsum Spur. There is far too much debris on the trail down low to work with snowshoes. There was much less debris on the trail at the high elevations. The trail alternated between packed snow, granular ice balls, and drifts. The Woodsum Spur was totally drifted over so we rebroke that and it's in nice shape now but SNOWSHOES are NEEDED FOR SURE. We kept the snowshoes on longer for the descent which was a wise moved. Still plenty of pockets of powdery snow.  
Name
Name: Frankenfoot 
E-Mail
E-Mail: ukisukinaminanu@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2021-03-03 
Link
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