Ascent of Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak on 2014-08-27

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak
    Elevation:3780 ft / 1152 m

Ascent Trip Report

August 27, 2014
Goose Eye Mtn. - Goose Eye East Peak – Mt. Carlo
Skies are overcast, temperature 72 degs and winds are calm at the trailhead
9:40 am
After bouncing slowly down Success Pond road Gudi and I headed up the Goose Eye trail. This is a pretty different hike, we will start in New Hampshire but the goal for the day is in Maine! The trail is in very good shape, better than I had expected. I can’t say it is well marked, but it is very well traveled and therefore easy to follow. It gets steep in places and there is a bit of scrambling but not too bad. The trail is dry, no mud to contend with.
11:40 am
WOW, what a pleasant surprise! I didn’t do that much research about this mountain, so finding such a wonderful open summit was great. There was a nice open scramble to reach the top and the views were gorgeous in all directions! The overcast skies are now just dotted with big white fluffy clouds, it has since gotten fairly hot, but there is also a breeze so we cooled off pretty quickly!
It was cool because you can see the trail as it heads to Mt. Carlo and you clearly see the Goose Eye East peak.
12:05 pm
After a nice lunch, picture taking and in general enjoying the views Gudi and I continued our trek, but not exactly in the same direction! I headed over to the east peak and Gudi decided she will head off the mountain toward Mt. Carlo and I will try to catch up with her.
12:20 pm
I reached the summit of Goose Eye East peak and was greeted with a much steadier and stronger wind than what was on Goose Eye. My anemometer measured a 39 mph gust with steady 25-30 mph winds. Saw a few birds enjoying the updrafts as they just effortlessly floated through the air. I caught a glimpse as Gudrun passed the open section off of Goose as she heads toward Mt. Carlo. The views from here are as spectacular as those from Goose Eye.
12:30 pm
Headed off of the east peak and toward Mt. Carlo. The AT coming off of Goose Eye Mtn has some initial VERY steep sections, but there are ladders for the steepest portions. I’m glad to see that Gudrun has successfully made it down the steepest sections, now I just have to catch up with her.
1:30 pm
Caught up with Gudi just before we reached Mt. Carlo. I thought it interesting how well the AT is maintained compared to the Goose trail. Lots of bridges, ladders and even notches cut into rock!
1:50 pm
We reached the Carlo Col trail and said goodbye to the well maintained AT! The top of the Carlo Col trail is very steep and rocky compared to what we have been on so far today. About 500 meters down there is a section of new trail that takes a hard left. There was a lot of work on the new section, many logs used for water erosion. The logs have been de-barked and are VERY slippery, best not to step on them no matter what!
2:50 pm
We popped back out on Success Rd. Although this is pretty easy going, the temperature has risen quite a bit and the sun makes it all a bit hotter than it was in the woods!
3:05 pm
Back at the car. What a great day and these peaks are wonderful! The loop hike was a great way of doing these peaks.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Windy, Partly Cloudy
White fluffy clouds in blue sky, windy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Success Pond Trail
    Start Trailhead:Success Pond Rd  
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Goose - Carlo

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Goose Eye Mountain2014-08-27 a3600 ft / 1097 m
2Goose Eye Mountain-East Peak2014-08-27 b 
3Mount Carlo2014-08-27 c 
Total Trip Gain: 3600 ft / 1097 m

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