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Ascent of Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak on 2013-10-05

Climber: Matthew Nelson

Others in Party:Liz Ball
Date:Saturday, October 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3780 ft / 1152 m

Ascent Trip Report

We headed up from Boston about 5AM, took rt 16 up, passed by the Freyburg fair on the way up. We ran into a jeep 4x4 club in Bethel; we ended up in the middle of the club's caravan heading into Sunday river, and followed them all the way into the bull branch turn off. The Bull Branch road was beautiful





The trailhead was easy to find, clearly marked, and there were 2 other cars there when we got there.



We started walking up through beautiful fallen leaves of mostly yellow and orange. We stopped briefly at a little spot by the river to take a look and while I was taking some pictures, I slipped on the rocks, and ended up dunking my camera completely underwater in a puddle that was hidden beneath fallen leaves.

The last photo my camera took...


I pulled it out immediately and pulled the battery out, but it was pretty well soaked. I disassembled it and packed it in my backpack to dry off, but couldn't use it anymore that day. Fortunately Liz had her camera, so we used that.

There were a couple beautiful spots of the creek that the trail passes near the creek.





The hike was pretty tame and beautiful up to the fork of the south and north Wright trail. We decided to take the North Wright trail on the ascent which had old blazes on it, with alot missing, but the trail was pretty clearly obvious, though it had alot of damage, blow-downs, etc. The terrain of the North branch was very nice though.

At one point, the trail come out at the bottom of a sheer rock incline. It looks like the trail goes up the face:


But it actually skirts just below it




There were a number of old, mostly rotted out ladders and staircases that made for some beautiful scenes.
















There were a number of little bridges that looked pretty sketchy, as well as some rotted out single track.


My maps showed only a mile from the fork to the top of the mountain, but it felt like alot more. We came to the ridge still in the trees and made the turn south along the Mahoosuc trail.


The Mahoosuc trail was an awesome mix of short forest, alpine brush, and alpine meadow. The first excellent viewpoint was on the ascent of the east peak and looked north towards the north peak. There were a couple fantastic views to the north on the ascent.






Once on the north peak, we got beautiful views all around.








Liz noticed a lone very yellow tree down in the forest. As the light between the clouds came across and hit it, it really stood out from the rest of the forest.




We descended to the col between the east and main peaks where the South Wright trail connects to the AT. We dropped our bags and made our way quickly to the main peak. We only stayed a few minutes, took a couple pictures, then headed back to the col where we left our bags.







We picked them up and headed down the South Wright trail until we got out into the next viewpoint where we stopped to eat lunch.





We enjoyed the views to the south while eating, and chatted with a couple guys that did a loop through the Mahoosucs that morning. When we finished eating, we continued down again. The south trail isn't that steep and is pretty smooth sailing. There were tons of red berries scattered all over the trail that added to the fall-ness of this hike.







We stopped briefly at the fork of the north and south trails for a quick break, and I filtered some water just because I wanted some cold water, then we continued down again.





Down at the bottom where I dropped my camera there was a couple guys chilling that we chatted with after we got back to the car. We got back to the car, chatted with the guys that had just followed us back, then headed back down into Bethel. We stopped at a BBQ trailer on the way back.





The BBQ was ok, the meat was good, the sauces were molasses based and not as flavorful as I am used to, and the edges of the rack of ribs got a bit dry. We continued down Rt 26 back to 95 and made our way back to Boston without any drama.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2538 ft / 773 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2538 ft / 773 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Route:Wright Trail North
    Start Trailhead:Bull Branch  1242 ft / 378 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Goose Eye 10/5/2013

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak2013-10-05 a2538 ft / 774 m
2Goose Eye Mountain2013-10-05 b240 ft / 73 m
Total Trip Gain: 2778 ft / 847 m    Total Trip Loss: 2618 ft / 798 m



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