Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Black Mountain (Peru), ME
Trails: Black Mountain Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Friday, April 28, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Road is passable with good clearance to trailhead. Cars with lower clearance will have to stop about 100 yards short of the trailhead  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Wet Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Snow/Ice - Small Patches 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Some wet areas which were minor. All crossings were hoppable 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: It's a primitive trail, but there are no major obstructions or issues. There are lots of flagging tape, cairns, and arrows marking the way. Some recent brushing has been done 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: The weather this morning was absolutely perfect for a hike up Black Mountain in Peru. The trail is in pretty much the same condition as I remember when I last hiked it in 2021. The trail doesn't have any notable issues, and there are lots of cairns, arrows, and flagging tape to mark the route. The last section of footpath above the logged area has seen some clearing and relocation of short sections. I rebuilt some arrows and cairns which had been affected by weather over the winter. I followed the trail to its end with no issues. The trail has some wet sections, and there is still some snow above 2,000 feet, but neither were really issues.

Upon reaching the top, I spent some time exploring part of the mountain's expansive summit plateau. First, I visited the tiny pond located not far beyond the trail's end. It is a beautiful spot, and I can't think of anything more peaceful than standing on the shore of that pond on a warm spring morning. Then, I explored some of the ledges to the northeast of the trail's end. Here, I found a ledge which offers a good view to the east. This is the best view that I've found yet on the mountain. Black Mountain is a fun off the beaten path hike, and I'm glad I decided to go hike it again today!  
Name: Sam Shirley  
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-04-28 
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