Ascent of Peaked Mountain on 2010-10-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peaked Mountain
    Elevation:2220 ft / 676 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bushwack from the woods road on the east side ..... 3 miles, 4 hour RT.

My source of information/driving directions for this Mountain was from the TR'S of Fred Lobdell (1995) and Michael Schwartz (2006). I approached the climb from the east a la Schwartz, except that I was not able to drive up the east side woods road as he did, my TH was at Jack Mountain Road. My report talks about my climb and not how to get to the TH, the other reports do that very well.
I must say however that I was impressed with the main dirt roads of the North Main Woods, all signed, with Mile Markers, in good condition and with quite a bit of traffic. The huge logging trucks have the right-of-way, just like a fire truck where you have to get out of the way. I traveled the roads very gingerly at 10-15 mph but the trucks barrelled down the roads at 30-50 mph, creating a huge/blinding dust cloud.
Also I should note the Mile 6 check point is manned till 21h30 hours after which you self register.

Last evening we overnighted at the 4 way intersection (Jack Mountain Road and an unnamed Woods Road) located a few hundred yards past Mile Marker 8 on Jack Mountain Road. We purposely arrived here yesterday afternoon after climbing Mars Hill in order to scout our route.
This intersection was my TH, the summit is at 340 degrees magnetic north and the woods road at 20 degrees magnetic north. Yesterday we drove up the woods road only to turn around at the dip in the road just past the first small rise (about 250 yards). It was flooded over 4-6" deep, we didn't want to chance it so we backed up and used the Jack Mountain Road intersection as the TH.

This morning just after light I walked north up the Woods Road. As I crested the height of land before the flooded area I got the attention of a calf moose at the flooded area, she actually took a number of seconds before seeing me. As she slowly turned around a huge cow came out of the woods and stood there confidently looking at me (I wondered if she knew that this was moose hunting season). They slowly turned/walked north disappearing in the woods.
I walked around the flooded area, and continued north on the woods road to a height of land at the start of a clear-cut, I continued to the end of the clear-cut at about .3 miles from the TH (10 minutes). This area was reforested with spruce in 2003.
From this spot I started my bushwack to the col south of the summit .... a straight Line at 300 degrees magnetic north (I estimate the distance of this Line at less than a mile). I walked across the overgrown clear-cut to the woods and on to a large boggy area. I went left around the boggy area fighting through some dense evergreen, once across I worked my way back to my Line and started climbing. I met up with a number of overgrown skid roads (off and on) and open woods all the way to the col, always looking for the path of least resistance "the easy way". I stayed right of the col's drainage stream half way up the col.
At the start of the climb I found/followed/lost a blue flag tape a few times and I added orange flag tape (my route is now blazed to the summit).

From the col I went right (north) up the ridge, always feeling/looking for the high ground, through open woods until the last few hundred yards, where I had to fight some heavy dense evergreen. It opened up as I neared the summit after 2h15 hours from the TH ...... the mostly wooded summit has a small cairn at the highpoint and a glass jar register installed by Whichway and 4 others climbers on 2009-09-27. I am the first to sign-in since then. I had a great view to the southwest as I ate my lunch.
I descended the same way arriving back to the TH after a 4 hour RT, I estimate the one way total distance from the TH to the summit at 1.5 miles.

Looking back at my route I should have started further up the woods road as did Schwartz, in order to avoid the boggy area ( its on the topo and I missed it), also the evergreen near the summit may be less dense more to the west of my route (at least it looked that way from the summit).

Rose did a mile walk south down the woods road after turning around at the flooded over spot on the north side.

NB ***** After this climb my plan was to climb East Turner tomorrow (from the east side), in order to finish PB'S list "Maine County Highpoints". This would not happen because the Stacyville/Rocky Pond Road to the east side of the mountain was gated (no vehicle access, foot traffic only) just after the 4 way intersection at 11.9 miles from Millinocket (just south of Kelloch Mountain) or about 15 miles from the mountain. It goes without saying that I was not a happy camper even though Roy Schweiker fore-warned us in his TR of 2006. I will need to find an alternate route or do a 3 day backpacking trip from this gate!!!! I was sorry for my Dodge Caravan having had to take all that beating/shaking for not.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1020 ft / 310 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:bushwack from the east side woods road
    Trailhead:woods road off of jackman road  1200 ft / 365 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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