South Crocker 4,050′, Crocker 4,228′
Caribou Valley Rd, AT (Out&Back)
This week I catch back up with Jason as we hike some more Maine mountains. Carpooling in his truck means no dogs this week though. A bitter sweet vacation. The Crockers and Redington where the plan for Saturday. We drove up early. It was raining fairly well when we arrived at the end of Caribou Valley rd. The hike started with a hefty 4.5 mile road walk. It rained for a large portion of the walk but turned to snow towards the end.
We missed the Appalachian trail entrance from the road. We backtracked to the trailhead. There were a set of tracks but not for very long.
my top layer was wet at this point. We put on snowshoes. We started to climb. It was sloppy and wet. Once past the camp site we lost the tracks. We broke trail the rest of the day. It was tough going. Once it started to open up I changed my layers. That helped. It was snowing high winds and low visibility. I did not take many pictures. It was cold which puts me in a hurry.
We moved quickly being cold and wet. I had one more set to put in but I would wait till we were back on the road. Because of the wet cold day and the sloppy trail conditions we elected to pass on Redington. There were some nice views on the way down of the pond but I was too cold to take the limited shots in the fog and snow. It was a fine hike but not one for many pictures.
When we got back to the road everything was covered with 3 or so inches of fresh snow. It had been quite the storm over the 3 hours we were on the summits and back. With fresh layers and sandwiches the road walk out was a bit more enjoyable. The weather was starting to lift but the winds were very heavy. We arrived back at the main road and quickly changed out of our wet shoes. It was a textbook early spring hike. We went to Jason friends house and luckily were able to use his dryer. Two more Maine mountains down!