Ascent of Mount O-J-I on 2010-07-16

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Friday, July 16, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount O-J-I
    Elevation:3434 ft / 1046 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woke up at 4:40 AM left cabin with Daniel at 5:15, weather report was 90% chance of rain and T_showers in afternoon, thus we abandoned our bid of the Brothers range and the 3-4 peaks we wanted there. Second choice for an easier day was the OJI-Coe bottom section of the range.

Left TH at around 6:15 AM and summit OJI at 9:30 saw weather clearing and descended down to get cutoff trail and bagged Coe by 10:30. Was back at car by 1PM. Hour drive out of park to cabin.

Overcast ruined great views in morning but by afternoon it was a nice vista of the backside of Katahdin and Doubletop Mtn. Doubletop looks like a great hike! Saw 4 species of toads/frogs (American toad, Nothern leopard frog, and 2 others that need identifying that were size of NLF but one rusty red the other brown).

Hike begins going through a mosquitofest of pleasure and marshy trail where it is inevitble that you will mistake the very coarse granite sand as stable and it is overlying swamp muck and you will sink below ankle and fill boot with sand and mud. We saw only one other hiker all day and she complined of same thing and was not going to go out that way. Ha!

This trail is not as scenic beginning as other Baxter trails. It is probably considered "maintained" but hardly, and in some places it is hard to find. It climbs relentlessly slowly through nondescript marshy land and then suddenly begins a very steep climb with no switchbacks through a ravine that is not very exciting. Eventually it becomes a highly weathered granite slide that is tricky and very steep and would be very difficult in rain. Some interesting rocks from other formations in it including a red to purple shale. Finally you get out the straight up chute of erosion and the trail to the ridge is very steep and in places has some class 3.

There were views along the slide that would have been nice if it were not for the clouds and pending rain. At sub-alpine the firs and spruce bonsai in size affording some nice views over at Mount Coe and Baxter Peak.

Better views than most Maine hikes but nowhere near as exciting as the gem of Baxter State Park - the great mastiff itself.
Good training hike and nobody seen until very end of day. Rested on peak and the went on to summit Coe since the weather was clearing and as Daniel reminded me when i questioned that 90% chance of Thunder storms? "That's Maine"
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2364 ft / 720 m
    Total Elevation Loss:584 ft / 178 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Grade/Class:1,2, and some 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Overcast
Tried to rain, cloudy AM sunny in PM
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2364 ft / 720 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:OJI South Slide Trail
    Start Trailhead:OJI Trailhead Parking BSP  1070 ft / 326 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:584 ft / 178 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:OJI Summit Trail to OJI Link
    End Trailhead:OJI Junction Link  2850 ft / 868 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: OJI-Coe

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount O-J-I2010-07-16 a2364 ft / 721 m
2Mount Coe2010-07-16 b945 ft / 288 m
Total Trip Gain: 3309 ft / 1009 m    Total Trip Loss: 3309 ft / 1009 m

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