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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Katahdin - Hamlin Peak, Mt. Katahdin - Baxter Peak, ME
Trails
Trails: North Basin Trail, Hamlin Ridge Trail, Saddle Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Thursday, February 15, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow/Ice - Frozen Granular, Snow/Ice - Postholes 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Traction, Ice Axe 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes:  
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs: Lol none! 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: First solo ascent of Baxter Peak in winter. Upper elevation temps in single digits with winds gusting to 40 mph, sunny. Snow all hard pack styrofoam. Wore crampons whole way with whippet pole. Went via Hamlin vs Saddle Trail due to wind conditions and potential down climb on Saddle Trail. Very low snow year for entire region especially Baxter. Only 7 people at Chimney pond bunkhouse. I was the only person to summit that day. Spectacular.

Severe postholing at beginning of North Basin Trail. Days following my hike, light snow fall has blown into postholes. Very tricky & dangerous section. Otherwise very easy trail conditions.  
Name
Name: firwave 
E-Mail
E-Mail: firwave@yahoo.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-02-18 
Link
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