Ascent of Douglas Mountain on 2010-09-18
|Others in Party:||supported by Rose|
|Date:||Saturday, September 18, 2010|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||1382 ft / 421 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAn easy walk up .... less than 2 miles, 40 minutes RT.
Douglas Mountain advertises itself as the Highest Point in Southwestern Maine, it is named after the Douglas Brothers who farmed the area. The summit's stone Tower was built in 1925, oxens hauling the necessary materials/water to the top.
At East Baldwin, junction hwy #113/11, drive north on #11/stay-left on #107 for 5.4 miles to Dyke Mountain Road on the left (large sign "Douglas Mountain" points the way). Drive Dyke Mountain Road for .8 miles to a left turn on the paved Douglas Mountain Road, at a short distance reach Ledge Road on the left. Turn onto Ledge Road to the main TH parking, everything is well signed, pay the 3$ parking fee to the attendant on duty for this very popular hike.
There are 3 trails to the summit, I used The Ledges Trail. I walked back to a left turn up Douglas Mountain Road, it winds/climbs to a height-of-land at about .4 miles and the start of the actual trail on the left. From the parking to the summit is less than a mile.
The summit is capped with a stone Tower offering great views and a large man-erected boulder on the Highpoint bearing the inscription ..... "NON SIBI SED OMNIBUS (NOT FOR ONE, BUT FOR ALL)"
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||402 ft / 123 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.2 km|
| Route:||road/ledges trail from the main parking area|
| Trailhead:||n of east baldwin, douglas mtn road 980 ft / 298 m|
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