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Ascent of Burnt Jacket Mountain on 2015-09-06

Climber: Jeff Swett

Others in Party:Tina Swett
Pam Bladja
Michael N
Date:Sunday, September 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Burnt Jacket Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1680 ft / 512 m

Ascent Trip Report

Labor day weekend, Using a Moosehead area trail guide book. The mountain is located about 5 miles down a lumber company road ( dirt, shale, sharp tire puncturing rocks...bring a good spare tire or two although I did not need). Hike with Tina Swett (aka, She who Must be Obeyed) , Pam Bladja ( no I can not pronounce Bladja) and Michael N ( name I can't begin to spell much less pronounce).

We crossed the bridge, ducked under the locked gate and took the first fire road to the right. Somehow we missed the cairn and wandered up the road until we came to a fork. We took theleft fork and cameto a street sign(!) for Burnt Jacket Road. The road ended and we walked a skidder trail to the top, bushwhacking about 200 yards to a spot for lunch. The ladies decided to bushwhack down when Michael, out for a pee stumbled over the cairn and sign for the actual peak. I had been within 50 yards of it but the ladies had called me back since they didn't want to bushwhack any further. I had been well in front looking for the trail I knew had to be there.

We followed a faint trail, well marked by survey tape, to the more popular peak, much better vistas, and a much more heavily used trail back to the fire road. How we missed the cairn and flagging I still do not know. Not a bad hike (bushwhack for the ladies excepted). about 4 hours round trip including lunch on top.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear



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