Ascent of Blue Ridge on 2010-06-27

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Sunday, June 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Blue Ridge
    Elevation:1867 ft / 569 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trying to complete the row of glacier sculpted mountains that align in a row bisecting Moosehead Lake in Maine. Each have a gradual upslope where the glaciers forced themselves up the mountains against gravity and then a steep deep cut on the backside where the glaciers dug in deep with the help of gravity on the backside exposing rock faces. This small mountain range is nearly surrounded by water - Moosehead Lake on one side and the Moose River and other tributaries on other sides.

I have looked out across the lake at it every summer for 9 years and today my son and I said time to find a way up it! We drove our boat across the lake and parked it at our slip on the Moose River. Then walking down the road we found Tower Road which had a confusing signage referring to snow mobile routes and no tresspassing. We busted up the steep gravel road to realize there is now a new cell tower about half way up that is not a place to tresspass so we steered far away from the fenced in tower site and moved up southeast till we found the ridge.

Bushwhacking the ridge we planned a trip following the beech, maple, and oaks where we knew the understory would be easier avoiding the dense firs and spruce. We hugged the west ridge to avoid private property adjecnt to the Moose River in Rockwood.
Near the top we found herd trails and followed them and eventually intersected a real trail marked with pink tape but it was only the last half mile. Up and down several false peaks we found the summit.

Many peak a boo views off the ridge affored insteresting views of both Rockwood along the Moose River and in places Moosehead Lake and the Moody Islands. None of the views were ever fully unobstructed by confifers limbs so was not a fully sastisfying hike from a view standpoint. Still the western ridge had some interesting vertical fall on the backside where the glacier plunged years ago. Way down we found stop and go relic hiking trails on the estern side of the ridge but winter downfall blocked most of it and later on we found no tresspassing signs so we went back to the western side of the ridge and bushwhacked back to Rockwood.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:837 ft / 255 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:837 ft / 255 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Tower Road to ridge
    Start Trailhead:Moose River  1030 ft / 313 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Time:45 Minutes

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