Ascent of Speckled Mountain on 2012-09-13

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, September 13, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Speckled Mountain
    Elevation:2906 ft / 885 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate trail hike over 3 peaks ..... 7.0 miles, 3h40 hours RT.

This is the first day of a 9 day Maine Hiking Trip, the goal being a number of lesser known Maine Peaks in different PB Lists. Today the prize is Speckled Mountain in the List "Northeastern Wilderness High Points".

I decided to approach it from the west, bagging 2 other Peaks (Spruce Hill and Ames) on the way, the TH was the Royce Mountain TH Parking in Evans Notch on Hwy 113 .... 7.5 miles south of Hwy intersection 2/113 (2.2 miles east of the NH/ME State Line).

0.0 miles .... I left the Evans Notch TH eastbound on the Spruce Hill Trail.
1.4 miles .... At the highest point of the Trail is the summit area of SPRUCE HILL, the actual rocky HP is on a spur trail left at 25 yards with partial views, GPS 44.29263,-70.98057.
This Peak is not in the PB data base, so I added it as a provisional peak for Greg's approval. I continued eastbound on the trail.
1.9 miles .... arrived at trail junction with Bickford Brook Trail coming in from the right, I stayed left, eastbound.
2.7 miles .... arrived at trail junction with Blueberry Trail coming in from the right, again I stayed left.
3.2 miles .... SPECKLED MOUNTAIN, an open all rock summit with outstanding views in all directions, old tower foundations and "USC&G Survey Marker, Speckled 1958". With this climb I know have 2 peaks outstanding in the List "Northeastern Wilderness High Points", both near the New Brunswick, Canada border.
I backtracked to the TH after taking a short detour to Ames Mountain .... I walked westbound back to the Blueberry Trail junction and stayed left
4.0 miles .... AMES MOUNTAIN(failed attempt).
I followed the Blueberry Trail westbound for 200 yards to where the trail turns/descends left. I entered the woods on the right directly to a moss covered rocky bump, thinking this was the HP of Ames Mountain, GPS 44.28977,-70.96526, elev. 2640'. I bushwacked west 25 yards and found the ground descending, so I thought I had the HP. As I write up this report I discovered that the actual HP is a good 300 Yards further west (from what I saw it will be a dense wack) .... c'est la vie.
5.6 miles .... I backtracked/revisited SPRUCE HILL for the second time.
7.0 miles .... out at the TH.

I overnighted at the National Forest Cold River Campground in NH, just south on Hwy 113, 16$ fee.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:586 ft / 178 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:586 ft / 178 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:bickford/blueberry brook trail eb from spruce hill
    Start Trailhead:spruce hill  2320 ft / 707 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:bickford/blueberry trails to ames mtn
    End Trailhead:ames mountain  
Ascent Part of Trip: speck1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Spruce Hill2012-09-13 a1100 ft / 335 m
2Speckled Mountain2012-09-13 b586 ft / 179 m
3(Attempt) Ames Mountain2012-09-13 c60 ft / 18 m
4Spruce Hill2012-09-13 d180 ft / 55 m
Total Trip Gain: 1926 ft / 587 m    Total Trip Loss: 1100 ft / 335 m

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