Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, ME
Trails: Hamlin Ridge Trail, Northwest Basin Trail, Saddle Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Saturday, January 20, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parked at Abol Bridge, plowed and plenty of room. 
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Ice - Blue, Ice - Breakable Crust, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Drifts 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: None 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: None 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: This was a 7 day trip. One night at Roaring Brook and 5 nights at Chimney Pond (allowing for 4 hiking days). Single digit temperatures and 40-50 mph wind kept us off the mountain until our last hiking day. We summited Hamlin and Baxter in 10 degree temps and 10-15 mph wind. Summits were in and out of the clouds as we had some snow, sunshine and low clouds. We started up Hamlin ridge with snowshoes, but switched to crampons half way up. Crampons worked well for most of the rest of the hike; however, we broke through the crust occasionally and had a little knee deep snow between peaks. Blue ice was mostly on the boulders on Hamlin Ridge. Five other people summited that day.
The trail from Abol Bridge parking was good (better on the way out) and packed down by snowmobiles. The trail from Roaring Brook to Chimney Pond was only a sled path on the way up, but was snowmobiled when we came down.  
Name: Cole 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-01-23 
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