Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Number 5 Mountain, ME
Trails: Number 5 Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, May 11, 2022
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road is easily passable all the way to the parking area 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow - Spring Snow, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Minor crossing made tricky by the snow. Some big bridging was quite difficult to find under the snow 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trail is very well marked. There were some blowdowns from the winter, but nothing too significant 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: Not bad 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found: Our sanity in 4 feet of snow 
Comments: Our first hike of the trip was up Number 5 Mountain, which is one that I've been wanting to get to for a while. On the way in, we saw a moose on the Gold Brook Road, and got a flat tire on the Spencer Road.

The first part of the trail was a pretty straightforward walk on an old woods road. After about half a mile, the trail turned into a footpath with well constructed staircases and switchbacks. About a mile in, we started seeing snow. The snow eventually transitioned from small patches to complete coverage in the woods which was 2-4 feet deep in most places.

It took a lot of postholing to make it the final mile to the summit, but it was worth it. The views are really some of the best in the state, and the 360 degree panorama included the High Peaks, Boundary Ranges, the Moosehead Lake region, and Katahdin.  
Name: Sam Shirley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2022-05-13 
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