Ascent of Mount Kineo on 2002-06-28

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:various
Date:Friday, June 28, 2002
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Boat
Peak:Mount Kineo
    Elevation:1789 ft / 545 m

Ascent Trip Report

First Route Up #1 (Indian Trail Steep Class 2/3):

First climb after buying historic lodge on island. Two commonly used state trails up Kineo. The Indian Trail is far more challenging and scenic than the Bridal Trail. The first trail you encounter is the Indian Trail. It is not a good trail for young kids in wet or rainy conditions. The bridal trail starts another 0.2 mile down the carriage raod at the fire wardens cottage. It is far easier.

This documents the Indian Trail which climbs along the sheer cliffs of rhyolite overlooking the historic golf course. Along the route are several interesting formations you can scramble out to and see the Moose River and other sights. the Bridal Trail is logged on another date. This is such a popular hike we run or climb the Indian Trail as a training route several times a summer each year.

See 2003 report for climbing Kineo with backpacks up the backside trial (Hardscrablle Trail)and then back down again with packs using the Indian Trail. This is an easy climb but rewarding dayhike with a fire tower at the top giving views of all of Moosehead Lake. Most hikers enjoying the scenery and taking time to catch their breath - do it just under an hour to the top.

Figure extra gain is 70 feet for the few saddles between peaks and the fire tower and 20 feet doing the saddles on the way back.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:939 ft / 285 m
    Total Elevation Loss:939 ft / 285 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1, 1+ and 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:869 ft / 264 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 749 ft / 229 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Route #1 Indian Trail
    Start Trailhead:Lake edge Indian Tr.  1040 ft / 316 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:819 ft / 249 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 749 ft / 229 m; Extra: 70 ft / 21m
    Gain on way out:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route: Indian Trail
    End Trailhead:1040 ft / 316 m

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