Ascent of Borestone Mountain on 2010-06-29

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen
Daniel Musser
Date:Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Borestone Mountain
    Elevation:1981 ft / 603 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hats off the Maine Audubon Society. Of over 20 some odd Maine summits this is my favorite to day behind Mount Katahdin to date. This was a Father's Day gift hike (a week late) where the family took me.

The lower soft and hardwoods of maple, beech, birch where particularly beautiful with no signs of mans disruption. I read on the sign that all logging ceased in 1899 so the trees were old growth in many areas and impressive. I saw birch as large diameter as I have ever seen. Nice rock formations and geology with the lower mountain being a dark grandiorite.

The trail is somewhat hilly and some additional gain in along the way. We dropped down and headed east to an overlook of Little Greenwood Pond at Elevation 683. The overlook is at elevation near 1240 and the view is better than most Maine overlooks.

Half way up there is an information nature center with a beautiful small lake nestled between the peaks. The West peak scramble rocks is visible from the nature center and very inviting.Heading around the pond and up steps of stone through hemlock the trail crests into a nice easy class 3 scramble. The preferred route marked by the Audubon is barely class 3 and has some rungs to assist in tricky places that we did not need to use on the way up. On the way down in pouring rain and slick conditions I grabbed a few rungs for safety.

The West Peak has amazing unobstructed views from slabs and scrambling boulders of several lakes in the area such as Midday, Sunrise, and Sunset at around 1300, the large lake, Lake Onawa at EL 535, and Little Greenwood at 700. From nearly 2,000 feet these varied lakes range from 700 feet to 1,300 below and the views were some of the best I have seen in North Maine without going to Baxter State Park - but those Mountains are in a class of their own.
Scrambled down to a small valley and then scrambled back up another large slab and the East Peak is actually the higher peak. Then after a few nice pictures the rains began and we moved to retreat as quickly and safely as possible. We used the maintenance road for much of it going down.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1361 ft / 414 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1361 ft / 414 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 3 at top
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Varied from sunny and clear to raining on the way down
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1251 ft / 381 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1121 ft / 341 m; Extra: 130 ft / 39m
    Loss on way in:130 ft / 39 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Audubon Green Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot   860 ft / 262 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1231 ft / 375 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1121 ft / 341 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Gain on way out:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Scramble, Green and Maint. Road
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  860 ft / 262 m

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