Ascent of Shaw Mountain on 2010-06-26

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Date:Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Dirtbike
Peak:Shaw Mountain
    Elevation:1653 ft / 503 m

Ascent Trip Report

Began a pursuit of a new list - the high points and peak around Moosehead Lake in Maine that all have a gain of at least 500 feet climb. This sweet little formation of rhylolite much like Mount Kineo to its southwest is a reminant of the days of volcanic geology in the region before the glaciers came and carved out the deep cuts in Moosehead Lake.

Athough this peak is not currently listed in any of the common hiking guides of the region to date, there is a brand new trail constructed up the side of the mountain that approaches it from its southwest toe right up to the one face of rock visible from the pebble beach causeway on Kineo.

We road our bikes 4 miles from our lodge to the small marsh that terminates Marsh Brook on the USGS on the shore of Moosehead Lake. Not knowing there was a trail freshly cut, my plan was to hide the bikes and use the brook as a beacon to bushwhack up a NE bearing until i reached the upper ridge and then cut back NW to the summit avoiding the rock face in case it was technical. To my surprise, along the lake railroad grade/ Snowmobile trail was a small cut in the woods where i attempted to stow the bikes and saw the the tail hidden in the woods. It is NOT marked at this time on the lakeside path. It is no more than 40 yards north of the pond once you walk accross the wooden plank over Marsh Brook. The trail is freshly cut with red blazes and fresh tree cuts to the top.

The trail is only a mile long and ascends about 624 feet, but the trail is very steep mossy spongy ground that has not been etched into the rock yet due to very infrequent use and difficult access other than by boat or bike. It was fairly well maintained but very steep. A very strenous class 1 to acting like a class 2 cuase of the difficult steepness. It meanders through the rock face by edging behind the ledge.

There are only peak-a boo views of Moosehead Lake and Mount Kineo and the best views are about 100 feet from the top. The summit teases you with views but too many conifers in the way to really get the view of the face of Kineo that you want to see. The best part of the hike was the solitude. Nobody there and too far from the parts of the lake so heard no boats or people just nature.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:684 ft / 208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:684 ft / 208 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Grade/Class:1 to 2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:654 ft / 199 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 624 ft / 190 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:New Trl. Marsh Brook
    Start Trailhead:Oak Lodge biked 4 miles to TH   1029 ft / 313 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:654 ft / 199 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 624 ft / 190 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:New Trl. Marsh Brook
    End Trailhead:TH biked 4 miles to lodge  1029 ft / 313 m

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