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Ascent of Doubletop Mountain on 2019-07-22

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Doubletop Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3489 ft / 1063 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woke up early from the Oak Lodge and drove around Moosehead Lake and up through Greenville and the east shore till Greenville Road goes from paved to dirt and then all the way up the logging roads to the Golden Road. Between 4 AM and 6AM I was able to do the drive quickly and under 2 hours to the Togue Gate. But once in the park the speed limit is 20 mph and it took 40 minutes to get to the TH shown on the GPS. I was all alone. The day before we had 6 inches of rain and the trip was wet and soggy. The bugs were bad and I wore a netting around my head to prevent the mosquitoes from draining me of all blood. Then off. The southern trail is steeper they say than the northern but it is all at the end.

The first 1.5 miles is a slog through the woods with no to little elevation gain all easy well marked class 1. Then between mile 1.5 and 2 it steepens to a more typical class 1 then between mile 2 and 3 it is class 1+ and in many places class 2 creek rocks. I crossed 4 streams to get there all had plenty of moving water and some ancillary streamlettes. The trail at one point around mile 3 was a large feldspar eroded granite rock that was pouring with runoff from the previous days rain. Somewhere around mile 3.5 it gets crazy steep and it is not class 2+ scampering as you are not using your hands to balance - the boulders are to big to step up on you are climbing class 3. The rocks were wet and slimy and my boots were old and not gripping the boulders. I had to climb carefully and use the plentiful trees and root hooks to grab as the rock was unreliable. On a dry day this would be a fun route. Not today.

There is a long section where the route takes you through some challenging ledges and channels of rock. Again, if it were dry these section would be fun class 3 but in the wet they were a bit precarious and I climbed through them as if they were class 3+ Defiantly consequences to a slip and fall in these sections. I would not take this route on a rainy day. Fortunately, there are many hand holds from root hooks and the downclimbing was actually easier for me than the upclimbing.

There are really no views till you grab the upper ledges of the south peak and then over to the north peak. I am told the views are wonderful but I caught a day with a bit of low cloud cover so did not get a nice sunny view of the big state highpoint that I wanted.

I returned the same way. It took me under 2 hours to do the 4.2 mile 2400 foot climb. I was down in 1.5 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2584 ft / 787 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2584 ft / 787 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.4 mi / 13.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+,2,3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2471 ft / 753 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2358 ft / 719 m; Extra: 113 ft / 34m
    Loss on way in:113 ft / 34 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:see GPS track
    Start Trailhead:See GPS  1131 ft / 344 m
    Time:1 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2471 ft / 753 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2358 ft / 719 m; Extra: 113 ft / 34m
    Gain on way out:113 ft / 34 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:see GPS
    End Trailhead:same  1131 ft / 344 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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