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Voted 10/10

According to the book "Roadside Geology of Maine", by D.W. Caldwell, an investigation of unstable supports on the ski gondola revealed permafrost (permanently frozen ground). Permafrost occurs in climates where the mean annual temperature is below freezing.
Posted Apr 10, 2006 3:38 pm

revkonTrail mileage discrepancy?

Hasn't voted

I hiked Sugarloaf recently (3/8/14), and wanted to point out that the sign at the intersection of the A.T. and the Sugarloaf side trail indicates different mileages from what's listed above.

I probably should have taken a picture, but what I recall from memory is this:

.5 miles to Sugarloaf summit
X.4 miles to CVR (where X has been scratched out. the numbers 2 and 3 have both been scratched in above X)
5.0 miles to Crocker
9.9 miles to route 27

I'm inclined to believe 2.4 miles is the more accurate measurement for the distance to CVR, but this is based entirely on my hiking time and subjective "feel" for the trail length. I have a hard time swallowing the 1.9 measurement, given 2 hours of hustling through the snow with minimal rest.
Posted Mar 12, 2014 2:04 pm

CatamountRe: Trail mileage discrepancy?


Voted 10/10

Thanks for taking the time to respond. I've been on that section of trail twice as best as I can recall and would have a tough time arguing one way or the other if 1.9 or 2.4 miles is the correct distance between the side trail and CVR. The distances listed on this page reflect what I have in the 8th Edition of the Maine Mountain Guide. Given the 1999 copyright date and the fact that it was around 2000 when I was last there to hike Spaulding, it is possible there has been a trail re-route since then. Having said that, I have also noted mileage discrepancies many times over the years between what is listed in the guidebook and what is listed on the trail signs. I hope you had a great hike!
Posted Mar 14, 2014 6:01 am

Bark EaterRe: Trail mileage discrepancy?

Bark Eater

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Thanks too from me. The 1.9 mile distance to the junction is consistent with my Maine Appalachian Trail guide, which unfortunately is even more dated than Catamount's reference. Much of the trail in Maine has been re-routed since the 1980s when I explored the area. It certainly could have been re-routed to add an extra half mile.
Posted Mar 15, 2014 1:35 pm

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