Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Five Kezar Ponds Preserve, ME
Trails: Mountain Trail, Tom's Path, Orange Trail, Ron's Loop, road walk
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, May 13, 2023
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Preserve has two lots both can hold 7-10 cars about .3 miles apart on five Kezar ponds road in Stoneham. TO access take 5 kezars road off of Rte 35 in Waterford (across for the old Melby's diner which is now unfortunately closed). After a few miles turn right onto Kezar ridge and then continue slight right turn onto 5 Kezar ponds road. Trailheads on the right. First is trailhead for Mountain trail and second for Ron's path and orange trail 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Dry Trail, Standing/Running Water on Trail, Mud - Minor/Avoidable, Mud - Significant 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment:  
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: Easy rock hop 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: A number of blowdowns on Mountain and Orange trails; mostly easy stepovers but one on Mountain trail is developing a path around and one on orange trail right at the stream crossing block trail but you can climb through. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes: Easy canine hike a lots of water on the orange, Ron's side of this loop. 
Bugs: Out and biting! Even with Deet I had a black cloud of black flies around me whenever not moving. 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: Unnamed Hill in Stoneham (Five Kezar Ponds Preserve)

Found this little preserve last winter and was just amazed by the area and its SILENCE! Back for a summer hike. Combining the trails with a short road walk provides a nice loop of about 3 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain. Went up Mountain trail and down Orange/Ron's path. all trails nicely blazed and easy to follow. Mountain trail has easy grades leading up the hill. This side was nice and dry. Make sure and take Tom's path to the first viewpoint. Headed up to the top and another set of ledges with great views; take the short path past the main ledge for more views! Took the orange trail down past a small pool near the summit and then gently downhill. Lower part orange trail and part of Ron's loop did have a fair amount of mud so boots will get muddy. Short road walk back to the car. Even on this summer day the area was really quiet no sounds of civilization at all just wildlife! If you're in the area it is an awesome area to hike!  
Name: Brian From Maine 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2023-05-15 
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