Crocker, North Peak - 4,228 feet (Note: Discrepancy between sign on summit (4,159 feet), AT guidebook, and current USGS topo. I'm sticking with the topo.)
South Crocker - 4,050 feet (45.0362N/70.3760W)
While the twin peaks of Crocker Mountain may not be as high as nearby Sugarloaf nor as interesting as the quadruple peaks of Bigelow Mountain, this 4,228-foot mountain in Maine's Carrabassett Region still offers a vigorous and pleasant day hike to the Appalachian Trail enthusiast. Perhaps the most notable part of this mostly wooded mountain is that the best views can be found if one climbs South Crocker via Caribou Valley Road approach from the south. Although some summit area vistas can be scouted out, neither peak offers much in terms of outstanding scenery as compared to what neighboring mountains have to offer. Despite its proximity to Sugarloaf (just three and a half miles as the crow flies), a deep col gives North Crocker a prominence of more than 1,200 feet.
Nearby Mount Redington - located one mile SSW of South Crocker - is also of interest to peakbaggers as recent surveys have placed it above the magical 4,000-foot mark. Though tantalizingly close, Redington should only be attempted from this point by those comfortable with off-trail navigation. When I finally climbed Redington in 2000 (on my third try), it was via a thick and time-consuming bushwhack from South Crocker. Some recent reports, however, have suggested that a herd path has begun to develop between the two peaks.
If you don't mind a roadwalk, one can make a loop of this hike by descending the steep southbound section of Appalachian Trail which drops nearly 1,900 feet in just 2.1 miles between South Crocker and Caribou Valley Road. From the A.T. crossing on CVR, Route 27 is 4.5 miles distant. The Crocker parking area is an additional 1.6 miles west (left turn) along Route 27.
Maine Mountain Guide and Maps are recommended.
Map #29 of DeLorme's Maine Atlas and Gazetteer is also useful.
Getting ThereThe Route 27 Appalachian Trail crossing is located about 5 miles east of the village of Stratton, Maine. This point is also 2.6 miles west of the Sugarloaf USA ski area.
Red TapeThere is certainly no red tape involved in hiking this section of the Appalachian Trail. However, those looking to approach these peaks from Caribou Valley Road should be aware that CVR is a seasonal use road whose maintainence depends upon the logging companies who utilize it. It has been reasonably well-kept in recent years although there have been some reports of deterioration in the last couple of years. Be prepared to walk.
When To ClimbYear-round climbing although this region receives heavy snowfall in the winter.
Contributed by Rob A:
Miles are calculated from the north summit.
Cranberry Stream Campsite elev. 1,350 ft. 7.1 miles north on the A.T. Water source is the stream.
Crocker Cirque Campsite elev. 2,710 ft. 2.1 miles south on the A.T. Water source is the spring.
Source: 2002 A.T. Thru-Hikers Companion
AcknowledgementThis page was developed by Puma Concolor, aka Catamount. He has left SummitPost and I agreed to adopt. I enjoyed my time in the western Maine mountains in the late 80's. That said, my knowledge is dated...so any updated information will be appreciated.
Personal StuffI climbed the Crockers on an AT section hike the summer of 1987. My best hiking buddy Rainier hiked most of the Maine AT with me. She was the best trail dog ever.