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Ascent of Snow Mountain on 2020-06-28

Climber: Chris Lumens

Date:Sunday, June 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snow Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3784 ft / 1153 m

Ascent Trip Report

David Darby's driving directions are still good. Kennebago River Road/Wilson Mills Road is gated right at the beginning, so you'll have to take Morton Cutoff, Lincoln Pond Road, Wiggle Brook Road, etc. all the way back to the north side of the mountain. Take the unnamed logging road from a height of land, and follow that all the way to an obvious turnaround where the road is deeply rutted and impassable. I recommend putting his GPS track on your phone and using that to know which logging road to turn onto.

When I did this hike, there was a small tree leaning completely over the last logging road that my car just barely fit under. Maybe bring a hand saw to take care of it and eliminate the possibility of an extra road walk.

All these roads were in good condition - mostly just gravel roads, with only one or two rocky sections. Still, plan on it taking up to an hour to get to the parking. It's about 18 or 19 miles from the pavement on ME 16.

The hike is pretty easy, with the exception of the four way intersection mentioned by David Darby. I tried to follow his directions on the ascent and ended up in a bunch of prickly brush. You are aiming for a treed section in between logging cuts, and not a logging cut itself. If the footbed isn't completely obvious, you are almost certainly not on it. Follow the very well worn herd path all the way to the top. There are a couple spots where trees have fallen right along the route of the herd path, so if you lose it just look around for a minute and you'll pick it back up.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast



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