My 2nd attempt since the first time (in April) the road was impassable to vehicles without four wheel drive and good ground clearance. The dirt road was still not something you want to drive on at more than 15 mph. Two hours and fourteen minutes up and exactly the same on the way down on a cloudy but warm day where I had the mountain to myself.
Successful ascent from the AT as a side trip. The weather was very blustery just before some rain came in later that evening. Winds were steady with gusts to about 30MPH. Cairns along trail above treeline were easy to follow. The warming shack buried in the rock at the summit was unexpected, it could be a good place to hunker down for the evening
The summit was enshrouded in clouds, had no view, but it was a fun hike anyway. Slight mist made the rocks at the top very slippery and it was like I was in another world.
Great hike. If you have a low clearance vehicle I'd reccomend NOT taking it over the bridges on the access road (the first one is especially bad). There's a stream crossing right at the beggining of the trail that soaked me pretty good half way up my calves (bring extra socks). The first 3 miles or so are very muddy. I spooked a blackbear about halfway to the cabin. From there it's very steep/strenuous, very windy day at the summit.
Climbed via the Fire Warden's Trail from West Kingfield. A fantastic hike offering plenty of views and solitude. The spectacular summit slopes provide some of the best views of the entire Rangeley-Stratton Region. The lower section of the trail up to the cabin is very muddy and poorly drained but other than that, this one ranks as one of the best hikes in Maine.
A very nice, peaceful hike in solitude.
I think this was the last significant hike I did with my mom. She's still in good health, but hikes like this are probably out of the question now.
Trail saves all the work for the section above the firewarden's cabin. Really enjoyed the rocky summit - stuck around for sunset.
Hiked via fire wardens trail, great day with some snow on top, took my dog up too, it was her first 4000 footer at age 9, she still hasn't recooperated
Liked it so much I sent a donation to help buy it
I really enjoyed the weird rock art- assembled cairns, arches etc. Someone had alot of time on their hands.
The great views and the openness of the mountain's summit reminded me of peaks I'd visited in the western states.
Climbed via the Fire Warden's Trail numerous times. The climb from the old cabin to treeline is steep but the views from treeline to the summit are worth the effort. I really enjoy the view to the north.