Ascent of East Kennebago Mountain on 2015-05-24

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi Quinlan
Date:Sunday, May 24, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East Kennebago Mountain
    Elevation:3791 ft / 1155 m

Ascent Trip Report

May 24, 2015
East Kennebago
Sunny, temps 60’s, breezy
If you get off on these back roads/logging roads, forget using a Garmin road GPSr – it has no idea these roads exist. Luckily the Garmin Topo map on our handheld GPSr has some of these roads!
Gudi and I slowly got to the parking on some nameless road, which is off of route 16 in Langtown Mill. We missed the turn for the road the first time so we needed to double back. The first 1.2 km was a nice steady walk up the dirt logging road – I’m sure we could have driven a bit further up this road, but the walk was nice.
We were at the end of the gravel road and it was now a wide logging path. There was a sign at this point that read “View Ends Here”. The spot did have a wonderful view across the valley to Rangeley mountains. This jeep trail was very wide, with some blowndowns along the way, but nothing that really slowed us down. We followed this part of the trail for 1.3 km when we reached the cairn marking the start of the ‘border’ trail.
9:40 am
We spotted the ‘border post’ – which is now laying on the ground – and a small cairn to our left marking the beginning of the hike along this border line. We followed the border – along with everyone else – for about 350 meters. This was pretty easy to follow, you can easily see the massive amount of yellow paint on the trees, or the massive wounds in the trees that they make to mark the border line.
We saw the cairn marking the beginning of the herd path and our departure from the border line.
There was only one tricky section on the herd path – where there is rather large section of old blowdowns – we went to the right and quickly reconnected with the herd path.
Wow, that must be a heck of a herd path because I never lost it! Normally I lose them in seconds and never can find them again – this one was easy to follow so Gudi and I successfully reached the summit on a very beautiful day to be out hiking. Unfortunately, this is a tree’d summit so there were no views to be found.
After a nice little snack break, Gudi and I headed back down the mountain. We were off the border path and back on the jeep trail at 11:15 am – now it’s an easy stroll back to the car.
Back at the car. This was a nice hike, even though it has the border line and a herd path, it was so much easier than yesterday’s bushwhack up Elephant mountain. Too bad it didn’t have any views from the summit – but it did have a nice view at the end of the logging road.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1750 ft / 533 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Clear
Clear and cool
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1750 ft / 533 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Logging road, border marking, herdpath
    Start Trailhead:Some dirt road near 'The Landing'  2041 ft / 622 m
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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