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Ascent of Barren Mountain on 2016-07-16

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser <3472>; Katie Martin
Date:Saturday, July 16, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Barren Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:2640 ft / 804 m

Ascent Trip Report

Followed Keene's book from Greenville up Pleasant road till it goes from paved to unpaved and then to the Plum Creek Timber road KI and down to Mountain Road where you find the AT crossing the old logging road. Some paces the road is pretty rough with large cobble stones but not too bad. Parked and the TA signs are in good order here. Katie, Karen and I hiked up to the ledges which have great views of Borestone and the lower lakes. This nice ledge is at about 2 miles in. The AT is in great condition through here but some steep sections. We were taking too long and had to be back for dinner so Karen went back to the car and Katie and I sprinted to the true peak another 1.8 miles away. I got there in 35 minutes and summited and was heading back when I found Katie who wanted to summit too. We had enough time so I turned around and bagged it again from the saddle and then we ran-jogged-hiked back the 4 miles to the car. We reunited Karen at the creek fording. The water was low and had no problem crossing. One other note, the little side not trail to the Barren Slide is definitely worth going to see.> excellent views and nice drop offs.

There is extra gain in several places along the ridge between the ledges and the summit and along the river as well.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2365 ft / 720 m
    Total Elevation Loss:345 ft / 105 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Grade/Class:1 & 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:78F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2365 ft / 720 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2020 ft / 616 m; Extra: 345 ft / 105m
    Loss on way in:345 ft / 105 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:AT where moutain road and stream cross
    Start Trailhead:TH off mountain road from Keene's book  620 ft / 188 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:AT
    End Trailhead:near saddle  
Ascent Part of Trip: ME-Barren

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Barren Mountain2016-07-16 a2365 ft / 721 m
2Barren Mountain2016-07-16 b585 ft / 178 m
Total Trip Gain: 2950 ft / 899 m    Total Trip Loss: 2710 ft / 826 m



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