Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks The Mountain, Quill Hill (Rome), ME
Trails: Blaisdell Trail, Lambert Trail, Outer Loop, Great Pond Loop, Main Trail, Long Pond Loop, Quill Hill Trail
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes: Parking lot off of Dury Lane 
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: Typical spring muddy/wet areas. All unbridged crossings were easily hoppable. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes: Trails are all clear, well maintained, and well marked. New trails do not yet have distinct footbed. 
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs: None 
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
Comments: My transition from skis to hiking boots is happening much earlier than normal this year, and today I went for my first hike of the season on the new trails on Quill Hill in Rome. These new trails connect to the existing trail network on The Mountain, maintained by the 7 Lakes Alliance.

I made a roughly 5 mile loop over The Mountain and Quill Hill utilizing the Blaisdell, Lambert, Outer Loop, Great Pond Loop, Main, Long Pond Loop, and Quill Hill Trails. The new trails are very nice and seem to be well built. They are less than a year old, so care should be used to follow them, as a distinct footbed has yet to be established, although they are mostly well marked.

As to be expected in the spring, the trails had some wet areas, but they weren't too bad. There was very little snow left, and almost none of it was on the trails. These new trails are a great expansion on the Kennebec Highlands trail network, and are definitely worth a visit, if you haven't hiked them yet!  
Name: Sam Shirley 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2024-03-19 
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