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Ascent of East Royce Mountain on 2010-06-08

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, June 8, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:East Royce Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3114 ft / 949 m

Ascent Trip Report

Rough wild area and a moderately steep climb to 2 peaks, East Royce and West Royce Mountains.

We checked out of the Hotel after having breakfast and drove to the East Royce TH in Evans Notch, Hwy 113. On the way we checked out the TH'S for tomorrow's point-to-point hike over the Baldface Range.

I left the TH at 9h00 hours, Rose deciding to wait at the TH and not go back into town, said she had reading to catch up on.

At about 2600 feet the Trail comes to a Y junction, right is to East Royce and left to West Royce. I first took the right trail.

EAST ROYCE MOUNTAIN
The rocky first open summit offers good views, the actual summit is further on in the woods and it took some searching before finding the rough trail to the summit. I descended back to the Y junction and continued west to West Royce Mountain.

WEST ROYCE MOUNTAIN
From the Y trail junction south of East Royce Mountain the trail climbs west about 100 feet before dropping to the col. It is wild, rough and exceptionally wet through here, from the col the trail climbs to the rocky summit of West Royce Mountain. Good views to the south.
I took a few short snack breaks during the hike.

I got back to the TH and Rose in less than 4 hours after a 6.2 mile hike. We chatted with a few other hikers and after cleaning up we drove to the Cold River National CG just north of North Chatham. Tomorrows hike, a traverse over the Baldface Range, starts just south of this CG. Only two other campers in for the night. I have been spraying for bugs at the start of my hike on a daily basis but overall they haven't been too bad.


"IT'S NOT THAT I'M AFRAID OF DYING, IT'S THAT I'M AFRAID OF TIME ...... YOU KNOW, NOT HAVING ENOUGH OF IT."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1714 ft / 523 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1714 ft / 523 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:east royce trail from evans notch on hwy 113
    Trailhead:evans notch, hwy 113 north of North Chatham  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:royce trail to west royce
Ascent Part of Trip: royce

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1East Royce Mountain2010-06-08 a
2West Royce Mountain2010-06-08 b



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