Ascent of Kibby Mountain on 2018-10-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, October 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Kibby Mountain
    Elevation:3656 ft / 1114 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rose and I left Lac Megantic this morning and drove south to the USA/CA Border at Coburn-Gore where we crossed into Maine - the plan was to check out the fall colors in the USA by taking in a few hikes today all as per this one only TR. It would turn out to be a poor day for visibility (low clouds).

KIBBY MOUNTAIN … trail nb, 4.6 miles, 1120' gain, 2:30 hours RT.
The different TRs listed in the Peakbagger data page is all one needs, this entry adds the detailed driving directions to the Trailheads for Kibby Mountain and Kibby Range (North, East and West Peaks) which are not precise in the referred-to TRs. A few years back I communicated with Ryan Reed for the trail information, and I thank him here for the good information he provided.
From the Coburn Gore Border Crossing we drove south on Hwy #27 for 11.4 miles to Gold Brook Road on the left (45.31498,-70.62175), the road for the summit. We zeroed our odo here.
0.0M … JCT 27/Gold Brook Road, left northbound on Gold Brook.
3.5M … Road JCT, road on right signed "Mile 3.5 Series B Access Road" leads to the 3 KIBBY RANGE PEAKS (NORTH, EAST and WEST), see below for their Driving Directions. For Kibby Mountain we stayed/continued straight on Gold Brook.
6.0M … stayed straight at JCT on Gold Brook.
9.2M … at the crest of the road we turned right onto an unsigned smaller road heading southeast.
9.6M … arrived at a bit of a clearing with woods road on the left, parked here (45.40555,-70.55733). This was our TH for Kibby Mountain.
I had no problem following the trail to the summit, unfortunately everything was in a cloud, less-than 50 yards visibility. And here we purposely timed this visit for the fall colors!!!. I chatted with a few Moose hunters at the TH (the season opened today). They were all very cordial and very helpful in providing additional trail information, they suggested I wear orange (which I had intended to do).

We found our way back to Marker 3.5M (above) and zeroed the odo.
0.0M ... we left Gold Brook Road eastbound on "Mile 3.5 Series B access Road".
0.4M ... stayed right at fork, southeast.
0.6M ... stayed left at fork.
1.4M ... road crests at fork, right is for KIBBY RANGE-EAST and WEST PEAKS. Left is for NORTH PEAK, as this road climbs/bends left (northerly) and comes to a fork at .6 miles where we stayed left for the last turbine. We parked at 150 yds before this last Turbine, the HP is abt 100 yds east inside some rough stuff.
1.6M ... fork, right is for WEST PEAK as per below, I stayed left for EAST PEAK.
2.0m ... stayed left at another fork.
2.6M ... Power Line R-O-W on the left, my TH(45.33340,-70.52703) for EAST PEAK. I hiked/climbed the R-O-W 250 yds north to the top.
For WEST PEAK I drove 1.8 miles to the road crest (45.32679,-70.58664) west of the summit, then bushwhacked east 300 yds in very dense woods to the summit (no fun).

We drove south to Farmington, where by this time in the afternoon the clouds had lifted, so we looked for a few overlooks offering views of fall colors. It wouldn't happen.

POWDERHOUSE HILL … trail nb, .8 miles, 120' gain, 22 minutes RT
From JCT Hwy#27/Anson Street in Farmington we went northeast on Anson for .5 miles to "Flint Woods-Powderhouse Hill Trails" parking on the left with a trail map.
I took the "East Trail" northbound, near summit picked up "Craig Ledge Trail" which took me to the HP just north-of the fenced-in Communication Tower (.4 mile hike). Forget this one for views, but nice Flint Woods.

VOTER HILL … road nb, 300 yds, 10 minute RT.
From the westside of the Sandy River bridge in Farmington, JCT hwy 2/4/43, we picked up Temple road and went west .4 miles to a left onto Morrison Hill Road, .4 miles further west turned right on Voter Hill Road and followed for 1.5 miles and parked at the first Tower on the right.
A small road just before took me north 150 yds to the wooded summit, capped with a fenced-in Communication Tower. Forget this one for views.
I rate both of these 2 peaks in Farmington "For Peakbaggers Only".

Rose and I both agreed that it was a very disappointing day without the fall colors. Oh give us the sun ???

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1116 ft / 340 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1116 ft / 340 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1116 ft / 340 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:trail northbound
    Start Trailhead:small road .4M from Gold Brook Road  2540 ft / 774 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1116 ft / 340 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3 km
    Route:trail northbound
    End Trailhead:small road .4M from Gold Brook Road  2540 ft / 774 m
    Time:55 Minutes

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