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Ascent of Blair Hill on 2010-07-19

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:solo
Date:Monday, July 19, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Blair Hill
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1860 ft / 566 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trying to complete my list of peaks in and around the great Moosehead Lake (the biggest lake in Maine) and one of the largest lakes in the US east of the Mississippi that is all in one state boundary. I scouted this out the day before and althought there is some snow mobile routes up the mountain, to be sure i did not tresspass i elected to do this as a gravel road hike all the way to the top since there is a road to the top. To add extra vertical i was dropped off on a small gravel road accross from Main Street down by the lake.

Took Horizons West Rd (private gravel) to Big Hill Road (private gravel) serving secluded housing along Moosehead Lake and hiked up to Schoals Rd (public gravel); went a few hundred feet down Main Street and then found the meandering and very steep gravel road called Scammon Ridge Road and hiked it to the top. I checked out several lots for sale around the top to ensure the summit but the subalpine vegetation, dwarfed conifers, lichen, moss, and flat slabes of stone confirmed the true peak.

Estimate 5 small saddles from 5 to 10 feet deep on the way up (assume 30 feet gain up and 30 feet down) plus some additional hiking to confirm summit.

I walked along Main St to Greenville and Karen picked me up.
It was rainy. I chose this as my last training hike at the lodge for the summer as it had nice views, was easy to do in an hour while family shopped in Greenville, and i had not done the HP. Walked the ascent quickly and jogged the descent.
Coolected rocks from road cuts along way. Shale, slate, sandstone.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:880 ft / 268 m
    Total Elevation Loss:600 ft / 182 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Overcast
drizzle to rain, overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:850 ft / 259 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 800 ft / 243 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:gravel roads and Scammon Ridge Rd
    Start Trailhead:Horizons West Rd  1060 ft / 323 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:550 ft / 167 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 520 ft / 158 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:same then along Main
    End Trailhead:Main St Greenville  1340 ft / 408 m
    Time:30 Minutes



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