Ascent of Moose Mountain on 2017-07-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, July 7, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Moose Mountain
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:1450 ft / 441 m

Ascent Trip Report

MOOSE MOUNTAIN ... dirt road climb with short wack, 5km, 190M gain, 1:20 hours RT.
I found my way to the JCT #105/#565 on the east side of the Saint John River where I took #565 as it jogs its way east for 6.8km to a T-JCT at a lake, turned left on Moose Mountain Road for 2km to another left onto Mabee Road (dirt). The TH is 400 meters west at the last farm house. The owner graciously explained the trail route to me.
The trail is a rough road for high clearance or rec vehicles. It heads/climbs moderately west (stay left at first fork)on the north side slopes of the mountain to the northwest ridge arriving at a cabin at 1.6km. It descends south 250 meters to a T-JCT, a left (east) for 200 meters is a clearing, then right (south) climbs moderately steep 400 meters to the top ridge where it bends right and continues south west along the ridge.
As I got to the top I picked up and old overgrown track on the left which took me 80 meters east to the wooded summit with no views.

IRON ORE HILL ... track eb, 400 meters, 15M gain, 10 minute RT.
I got off of Hwy #2 at exit 184 and found my way to JCT #560/Iron Hill Road where I went east/north for 1.6km and parked, straight ahead is the road dead-end with a house. On the right was a cabled-off grass track.
It's a short 200 meter walk to the summit.

PORCUPINE MOUNTAIN .... a drive up.
From Hwy #2, exit 258 I went south on Hwy #3 for 4.6km to a left turn on Mountain Road (where #3 bends right). I followed Mountain Road as it bends/jogs its way north, crosses under the TransCanada and finally comes to a 4-way crossing at 3.6km. I turned right (#4612) and followed it for 1.5km to the top with a communication tower. The road is rough but driveable.

All one needs are the directions in Ian Flanagan TR. The TH rock monument that Ian notes is just after house #1096, tight parking for the most 3 cars is on the south side of the road. The mountain offers an outstanding mixed tall forest with a very open floor.

I continue east on the TransCanada, overnighting in Moncton. Tomorrow is the reason for this trip - a bushwack to the Kent COHP , unfortunately rain is in the forecast !!!! not a god sign.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:630 ft / 192 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:road west/south from mabee road
    Trailhead:west end of Mabee Road  820 ft / 249 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack

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