Ascent to Quoddy Head State Park High Point-Max. Tr. on 2012-08-05

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Karen Musser
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2012
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Point Reached:Quoddy Head State Park High Point - Max. Tr.
    Elevation:150 ft / 45 m

Ascent Trip Report

Started at parking lot at elevation 40. Hiked to lighthouse and checked it out. Then found the 0.9 mile loop called the Coast Guard High Point trail that rolls up and down through a mossy roller coaster tour of the east and north heads of the peninsula. Probably acheives no higher than 80 to 90 feet above the sea and the observation deck is very nice. We saw a seal or sealion out in the rocks surface for air!

Back to the parking lot and down the coastal trail and down to touch the water at low tide (-10 feet). Then hiked for hours along the shorline trail up and down and out to the various formations and rock features (Heads) and tide pools - and explored the many trails in around the park.

Did not go for the actual HP of park since it was not close enough to a trail and was concerned with causing erosion in the fragile mossy environment - I did not want to harm this environment.
I did climb to the highest elevations afforded by the trails in the park.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1010 ft / 307 m
    Total Elevation Loss:900 ft / 273 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.5 mi / 10.5 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2, 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Low Clouds
very foggy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:660 ft / 201 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 110 ft / 33 m; Extra: 550 ft / 167m
    Loss on way in:550 ft / 167 m
    Distance:3.5 mi / 5.6 km
    Route:Lighthouse to Coast Guard to Shoreline Trails
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot  40 ft / 12 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Gain on way out:350 ft / 106 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:all of the trails

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