Ascent of Big Squaw Mountain-Eagle Rock on 2016-06-18

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Squaw Mountain-Eagle Rock
    Elevation:2367 ft / 721 m

Ascent Trip Report

Bugs galore today. I have never seen so many on a hike in Maine. Starting with the moment we got out of our car we got swarmed with deer flies. As many as 10 landing on us at a time. Then at the peak, even in the stiff wind, there were so many blackflies we could hear them swarm around us in clouds of black. The covered our legs but mercifully they stay on there long enough to be crushed into oblivion!

The logging road VIP was the best maintained our family has ever seen it. But the trail head was as poorly marked as ever. You head down Burnum Pond Road about 3.5 miles and then there is a road to the left you go past it a tad, then the road swings hard left and is well graded (that is VIP); to the right it is a poorly graded road, and then there is a jog and an extension of the Burnum Pond Road but take the swing to the left following the well graded road. the TH is at around 4.6 miles from SR 15. We tied extra flagging to the TH to make it easier to find for later in the season.

The old ladder is still up on the trail near the start of the ledges. The scrambling and views are still the best in the Moosehead region. I noticed this time up how well you can see Baxter Peak at Katahadin Mountain. The bald rock is clearly visible on a clear day. line up Mount Kineo with the Spenser's and then follow the line to the right and it is very obvious. Best view of Baxter Peak I have seen in the region.

We scrambled as a father's day (or pre-day) treat and then Daniel and I headed down as the insect biting us was a new Maine record. I have no idea why today on this peak??? Still one of the best hikes in the region

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1532 ft / 465 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1532 ft / 466 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 3 to 4
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1332 ft / 405 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1307 ft / 398 m; Extra: 25 ft / 7m
    Loss on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Standard Trail to scramble areas
    Start Trailhead:Roadway VIP off of Burnum Pond Road  1060 ft / 323 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1507 ft / 459 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1307 ft / 398 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Gain on way out:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:scrambles then hike down
    End Trailhead:1060 ft / 323 m

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