|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Sally Mountain, ME|
||Camp road, Cantral Maine and Quebec Railroad, Sally Mountain Trail|
|Date of Hike:
||Thursday, May 12, 2022|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||Plenty of parking at the end of Attean Road |
||Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||One crossing required walking on a slightly submerged log near the base of the east side of the loop |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
||East side of loop is well used, marked, and maintained. West side of loop is lightly used, and but is very well marked and pretty well maintained |
||Not bad |
|Lost and Found:
||Our destination on our second day of the trip was Sally Mountain. I opted to do it as a loop hike, instead of the more common out-and-back, which made for a bit over 10 miles round-trip. After a ~4 mile hike on the railroad tracks, I took a right onto the west side of the loop trail. This section of trail is lightly used, but very well marked and easy to follow.|
After a steep climb away from the tracks, the trail mellowed a bit, and started winding through beautiful spruce-fir forest. It then started climbing over ledges to reach the west peak. This peak had the best views of the hike, and is where we ate lunch.
In about 0.1 mile, the trail reached the true summit of the mountain, and the location of the old fire tower. There were some nice directional views here too, but not as nice as the views at the west peak. From there, it was a straightforward descent back to the railroad tracks.
We crossed the tracks, and followed the short trail to Sally Beach, where we swam in Attean Pond, before returning along the tracks to the parking area.
||Sam Shirley |
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.