ApproachThis one is not technically a summit route for Stony Man, but makes a wonderful circuit when combined with the Little Stony Man route. Passamaquoddy runs 1.4 miles from Skyland south of Stony Man along the west face of the mountain, passes under the Little Stony Man cliffs and rejoins the AT near Skyline Drive mile markers 39. Passamoquoddy is the old AT route through this area and some older maps (including the Topozone 1:24000 quads) show this.
Additional Information: - Passamaquoddies-so far apart?
Author: desainme 5-15-04
Nice trail description, but the Passamaquoddy bay and native americans are up in Washington County Maine- a bit perplexing.
Author: CharlesD 5-16-04
In NH, there are both Mounts Osceola and Tecumseh. Both were chiefs from the Seminole (Florida) and Shawnee (Ohio) tribes. Us white folk don't seem to be too picky about naming conventions, as long as they sound legitimate and exotic.
Start from either the Skyland area or the Little Stony Man TH on Skyline Drive at mile marker 39. I'll describe the route from the latter spot:
Route DescriptionFrom the Little Stony Man trailhead, hike 'south' (actually, southwest at this point) on the AT for about half a mile. The trail dips down below the road and crosses open territory with good views of Stony Man ahead. Cross below the Hemlock Springs Overlook and reach a trail junction. The left-hand trail climbs up Stony Man. The right fork is the Passamaquady trail and skirts the bottoms of the spectacular Little Stony Man cliffs. In winter, there can be ice along the trail and significant blow-downs have been encountered.
Continue slightly downward on the west face of the mountain for about 1 mile to a trail junction. You're now approaching the significant Skyland area where many of the internal combustion tourists stop to cavort in their limitted way. Bear left at the junction and head uphill through open conifer forest. When you reach Skyland, you'll cross a couple paved service roads and continue bearing left on the Appalachian Trail. Follow the white blazes up the gentle slopes of Stoney Man to the junction near the summit. Bear left again for the short jaunt out a quarter mile to the spectacular viewpoint on the summit.
Return via the Little Stony Man trail. Better yet, do the loop clockwise: ascend the Little Stony Man trail, descend on the AT to Skyland and return via Passamaquoddy. Total hiking distance for the loop is about 5 miles.
Essential GearStandard hiking apparell. There may be icy spots below the cliffs in the winter, but crampons are likely not needed.
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