Ascent of Coburn Mountain on 2012-09-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Coburn Mountain
    Elevation:3717 ft / 1132 m

Ascent Trip Report

A rough ATV track/trail hike .....3 miles, 2h30 hours RT.

This is day 4 of my 9 day Maine Hiking Trip. From my primitive campsite on Plum Creek Forest Lands on Capital Road, I drove north on hwy 201 for 2.8 miles to a left on Enchanted Mountain Road (this road is 10.5 miles north of The Forks or 14.5 miles south of Hwy intersection 201/6&15 in Jackman Station).

I traveled west on Enchanted Mountain Road (fairly good dirt road) 2.1 miles to to its end at an open area with piles of logged wood and parked equipment, a number of roads branched off in different directions.
There is a lot of logging activity in the area, I learned that lumbering became the lifeblood of this area after the Kellogg Lumber Company opened in 1906. It remains the major business today although most of the mills are gone. During this trip I saw numerous huge Logging Trucks driving north into Canada. To see these trucks speeding down dirt roads at 50 mile an hour is something else .... creating huge dust storm that linger-on for minutes. They have the right of way so failing to get out of the way do is pretty risky.

I turned right ("Yellow Arrow sign" points the way) and in .2 miles the road bends right, straight-ahead (left) is a lesser/very rough stone ATV track with orange flag tape, to its right is a tree with a "Yellow Arrow sign" laying on the ground (hand written on this sign is "Coburn Trail,summit 2 miles"). I believe the actual distance is more like 1.5 miles.
I parked here, this was my TH, GPS 45.46711,-70.10986.

I climbed the moderately-steep/rough ATV track, left-of-north then west about 1.2 miles to an open area with views to the southeast, right is a Communication Tower with Solar Panels/shed and a closed gate. A much rougher track continues westerly beyond the gate and I believe its the maintenance access route to the summit.
At the closed gate is a "Trail Information" sign and faintly hand-written on it is "Coburn Trail 30 feet ahead on the right".

The good/well-used trail climbs generally north directly to the summit at about .3 miles (moderately-steep to steep).

The open summit is adorned with Solar Panels, Quonset Hut type Building and a large 15 foot Observation Platform made of galvanized steel ..... superb panorama as far as the eye can see, colors were just starting to change. Katahdin can be seen to the northeast.
The only negative are the ugly wind turbines that pollute the view to the west .... I believe on Kibby Mountain, which unfortunately I will have to visit if I want to complete the PB List "Northeast USA Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence".
I am against this wind crap, beside the ugly view, the foot print damage to the land is amazing.

A beautiful sunny day somewhat cool with the wind, I took a nice long break before descending.

The plan for the rest of the day is to get dinner at Jackman, call Rose before overnighting at the Boundary Bald Mountain TH on Bald Mountain Road north of Jackman.

Moose Facts .... Height at shoulders 5-6 1/2 feet, can weight up to 1800 pounds, and run up to 35 MPH.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1293 ft / 394 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:atv track/tr from enchanted mtn rd
    Trailhead:enchanted mountain road  2424 ft / 738 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:40 Minutes

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