They are logging on Grand Lake Rd so we were able to park about two miles in. Snow a bit thin on way in. New bunkhouse at Nesowadenunk didn't look ready for occupancy. Tote Rd was skiable with occasional thin areas. Marston was spikable up to the intersection. From there on it was snowshoe territory. The snow was about eight inches deep and just kept increasing. From about the pond on up was a nightmare of increasingly loose, deep snow and snow covered spruce bent across the trail. Gaps of open trail more than fifty feet long were rare. Most of this section we were up to our knees with occasional areas up to our waists, especially up through the eroded section just below the summit. I've never seen so much trail blockage. We finally broke out of the trees and into the wind. With wind chills around thirty below we didn't linger at the summit. The descent was relatively easy but still time consuming. In all it took us about eight hours roundtrip to the trailhead. Great sunset colors! We quickly switched to our ski gear for the ten miles out under a beautiful gibbous moon. Another foot was forecast for today so our work opening the trail is probably gone. Saw no one all day. Thanks to Steve for a great if challenging day in Baxter!