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Ascent of Ossipee Hill on 2010-09-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, September 17, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ossipee Hill
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1050 ft / 320 m

Ascent Trip Report

A drive/walk up a dirt road from the east side ..... 4 mile, 60 minutes RT.

Today we started an 14 day Hiking Trip to Maine at the southwest corner of the State, the main goal being the outstanding Maine County Highpoints/Prominence Peaks, a total of 17 summits ...... we would end our trip after 11 days due to rain, 4 Peaks short.

After the drive down we had time to take in a short hike to Ossipee Hill, just behind our campground in Waterboro Center, hwy #5 at south end of Little Ossipee Pond.
Ossipee Hill is the highest point of the Waterboro area. The Fire Tower is listed on the National Historic Lookout Register and is maintained by the Waterboro FD.

From the stop light at the intersection of Hwy #5/Townhouse Road, we drove south 100 yards to a right turn on McLucas Road, this spot is east of the summit. The dirt McLucas Road climbs/winds northwest to the north side of the summit, then makes a sharp bend to the left (we parked here) and continues southeast to a height of land, approx east of the summit. Here a gated road (right) climbs west, a short distance to the Fire Tower and Communication Tower, no views to speak of.
The actual Highpoint is a herd path/bushwack 100 yards further on at a bit of a rock outcrop. It can also be reached by a rough track which leaves the road (right) just before the gate. I checked out both routes.
From the start of McLucas Road to the summit is about 2 miles, we parked at the sharp bend, about half a mile below the summit.

"WHEN YOU GET TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN, LOVE THE MOMENT ..... THE ENERGY OF THAT MOMENT WILL BRING YOU BACK."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:355 ft / 108 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:dirt road from the east side
    Trailhead:hwy #5/townhouse road  695 ft / 211 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack



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