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South Turner Trail

South Turner Trail

South Turner Trail

Page Type: Route

Location: Maine, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 45.94120°N / 68.8505°W

Object Title: South Turner Trail

Route Type: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Time Required: Half a day

Difficulty: Walk/Scramble

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Created/Edited: Jul 27, 2004 / Apr 15, 2007

Object ID: 161678

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Drive from Togue Pond to Roaring Brook a distance of 8 miles on an unimproved 15 mph gravel road

Route Description

Park your car at Roaring Brook Campground. Leave note of your hike on the rangers' clip board and they will let you climb on their mountain. Follow blue blazed trail from Roaring Brook at 1480 ft. toward South Turner. At .2 miles Russell pond trail bears left and you continue straight toward Sandy Stream Pond. At .4 miles cross the outlets of Sandy Stream Pond at the southeast corner of the pond. Kind of wet and muddy here sometimes but hop across logs. A number of paths lead through the woods to the bushy and bouldery shore of Sandy Stream Pond with its many moose.
The best of these lands you at a popular boulder with outstanding views including South Turner Mtn. Continue on the blue blazed trail taking care to avoid the left branch which goes to Whidden pond. You continue on the right branch which by now is ascending the mountain. Enter a boulder field at .9 miles and start climbing steeply at 1.1 miles. At 1.5 miles there is a fairly reliable spring on the right hand side. Continue up and arrive at the summit rocks at 1.8 miles. Scramble class 3 the remaining bit till on top at 2 miles 3130 feet. Enjoy view.

Quick Summary-Vid's idea
0. General: 1480ft to 3130ft , exposition W, marked, Blazed trail Battery optional though the rangers prefer that you have a flashlight.
1. Effort: 1650ft, 4h including summit loitering
2. Power: 3 – medium,
3. Psyche: 2-3 – medium depends on moose and black flies,
4. Orientation: 1 – no difficulties blue blazed trail.

Essential Gear

Black fly and mosquito reppellent are the most crucial items up through mid July. Sturdy footwear goes without saying Garments-most anything from the gear section of SP for summer hiking up to wind and rain protection. Leave the 8,000 meter stuff at home. Print the topozone map if you wish. The trails in the month of May might have remaining snow banks. Summer and early fall is best.

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From llbean...View northeast over Sandy...Kids approaching the summit...We joked about the endless...