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Ascent of Kibby Mountain on 2012-07-02

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, July 2, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Hi-Clearance Vehicle
Peak:Kibby Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3656 ft / 1114 m

Ascent Trip Report

The hard part of this hike is getting to the TH. Spencer Road is fairly well graded and you can average around 35 mph with some slow downs to 15 for curves, bumps, and bridges but other stretches near the intersection with Golden Brook Road were far slower. Golden Brook was well graded. Nobody was there at the TH today. The wind tubine farm is nearby and you can see them up close and personal. They were not noisy and interesting to watch.

The TH is easy to follow and not too steep. It took about an hour to ascend up to the tower. There were great 360 degree views of the Canadian border and other nearby mountains but as luck would have it started raining the minute we reached the peak and the tower was windy and cold. It is only a remnant tower now on the peak at around 10 feet. There is some rolling terrain at the beginning of the hike that gives a little extra gain each way.

This is a very remoted peak to get to. It affords worthwhile views but is a long drive and only a moderate hike. The most interesting thing for us was the up close and personal visit of the wind turbines.

The most interesting mountains we saw on the approach to this hike were 3-slide mountain which does have three distinct rock slides that give it interesting character (I do not know if there is a trail up it but the rock slides are a possible route) and Crisco Peak had some subspeaks near the main road that had exposed rock with some interesting walls that would make a fun bushwhack.

Since the Kibby hike was relatively easy and only around 1,200 feet of gain we drove back and climbed Number 5 Mountain and checked out the tower on the top of that mountain next.

9:00 AM left Rockwood dock
11:20 AM arrived at TH
12:20 PM arrived at summit
12:40 PM left summit
1:30 PM arrived at car
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1206 ft / 367 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1206 ft / 367 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
sunny to rainy bands 70F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1166 ft / 355 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1116 ft / 340 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Fire Warden Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot off Golden Brook Rd  2540 ft / 774 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1156 ft / 352 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1116 ft / 340 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:same
    End Trailhead:same  2540 ft / 774 m
    Time:50 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Kibby-Number5

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kibby Mountain2012-07-02 a1206 ft / 368 m
2No 5 Mountain2012-07-02 b1286 ft / 392 m
Total Trip Gain: 2492 ft / 760 m    Total Trip Loss: 2492 ft / 760 m



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