Ascent of Traveler Mountain-Southeast Slope on 2019-06-16

Climber: Dave Covill

Others in Party:Cliff Young
Date:Sunday, June 16, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Traveler Mountain-Southeast Slope
    Elevation:2360 ft / 719 m

Ascent Trip Report

Cliff Young and I drove up to northern Maine and climbed Traveler Mtn South Slope. Pretty obscure spot. No evidence of the one previous reported visit by a very experienced ME/NH climber. We left a small cairn, with a pill bottle register. We were able to drive to within 2 crow fly miles on the New River Road on the northeast side, down 4 miles from the main E-W good gravel Grand Lake Road, We were stopped by a rock berm, with a washout across a stream just south of that. Parking for 3-4.

We walked logging roads south then southwest to within a mile, to about 1,200'. From there,a 1,200' bushwhack up the east ridge. We agreed it was a 4 on a bushwhack scale of 10, with East Turner being an 8... I am not a very experienced New England bushwhacker... Talus and boulders near the top slowed us down. Some firs, but mostly alder and other deciduous trees.

Billions of black flies. Awful. Worst ever for me. Close to no mosquitoes. We did the Deet thing, wrapped up with hoodies, but my face and hands are in bad shape. It would have been a pleasant hike if not for the black flies. Anytime after mid-July might be more intelligent.

2:45 up, 2:15 down. Less than 5 min on top. We spent Saturday night at the Mt Chase Lodge near Patten on the east side. Nice place, great food. About a 30 min drive to the TH from there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1680 ft / 512 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1680 ft / 512 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:logging roads to E ridge
    Start Trailhead:S end of Road at rock berm  680 ft / 207 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes

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