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Ascent of No 5 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:No 5 Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3186 ft / 971 m

Ascent Trip Report

After completing Kibby earlier in the morning with around 1,200 feet and 4.4 miles hiking we drove back around 45 minutes to the TH of Number Five Mountain which is far easier to reach and parked at the clearing and took the fire warden trail. The path starts out steep, wide and grassy and becomes progressively narrow and wet. Karen warns that this is not a pleasant hike for those in shorts as the fir and spruce up near the Krumholtz region scratch as the path becomes not much larger than a herd trail and there are a lot of moss bogs so there is a lot of mud and slipping. The woods in the midsection of the hike are very wet woods with a lot of moss and clearly receive some rain.

This hike would not be a very pleasant hike if it were not for the rewarding peak which has some wide open slabs with great views in all directions. I liked this peak better than Kibby but the approach was not as nice as Kibby.

There is also an old tower that is still quite tall - several sections around 50 feet tall but dangerous and that it does not have safe rails and no bottom at the top. Be careful.. The winds picked up on our climb of it and without more railing it was a bit sketchy in hard gusts. Karen climbed to the top but the winds drove her down after a good photo shot.

In keeping with the wet conditions - we saw many amphibians along the way. I would estimate we saw 10 giant American toads, and several species of frogs including nothern leopard, and some sort of small bronze frog, and a salamandar.

2:25 Start hike
3:45 Summit
4:00 leave peak
5:20 Back at car
6:30 Back to Rockwood docks (1 hour 10 minute drive)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1286 ft / 391 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1286 ft / 391 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2, 2+
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Windy, Overcast
sunny to drizzle to windy 70F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1251 ft / 381 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1186 ft / 362 m; Extra: 65 ft / 19m
    Loss on way in:65 ft / 19 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Fire Warden Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking lot off Spencer Rd  2000 ft / 609 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1221 ft / 372 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1186 ft / 362 m; Extra: 35 ft / 10m
    Gain on way out:35 ft / 10 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Fire Warden Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking lot off Spencer Rd  2000 ft / 609 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Kibby-Number5

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kibby Mountain2012-07-02 a1204 ft / 367 m
2No 5 Mountain2012-07-02 b1286 ft / 392 m
Total Trip Gain: 2490 ft / 759 m    Total Trip Loss: 2490 ft / 759 m



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