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Ascent of Mount Waldo on 2010-09-23

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, September 23, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Waldo
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate-easy road/steep granite trail hike, due south to the summit ..... 1.5 miles, 50 minutes RT.

The Waldo County Highpoint is located south of Frankfort (south of Bangor). From our campground in Bucksport we found our way to Frankfort, driving over the beautiful Penobscot Bridge and passing the Historic Site of Fort Knox.
From the PO in Frankfort we drove south on hwy #1A for .15 miles to a right turn on Old Belfast Road, immediately going under the RR Overpass. At .2 miles we turned right on Tyler Lane, stayed left at the first fork (dirt road) and continued for 1.7 miles to a dirt road on the left. Park at this corner as this is the TH, the summit is clearly visible due magnetic south.

From this corner a power line runs straight (magnetic south) to the summit at about .75 miles. The dirt road stays (left) beside the power line for half a mile, then a granite surfaced trail continues for the rest of the way. From the TH you can see the whole route.
I walked up the gradual rough road passing a huge blueberry field on the right, at half a mile the road turns sharply right at the end of the field. On the left is a rough track that leads 50 yards to the steep/granite-surfaced/wide trail.

The granite summit is capped with a Communication Tower, just beside on the high rock is a Maine Control Survey Marker. To the east there are 2 other Towers, you'll have outstanding views in all directions by walking around the large granite summit.

I learned something new today. While at Cunningham Mountain the other day I saw white string in one corner of the blueberry field, thinking that someone left it behind by mistake. Today I saw the same white string in the blueberry field in all directions creating small rectangles, and it suddenly hit me "why the string". I believe the Blueberry Harvester creates small patches throughout the field (something like a checker board) so that he can identify the ares that he's harvesting.

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Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:585 ft / 179 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:rough road/granite tr from tyler rd on north side
    Trailhead:frankfort, tyler lane  475 ft / 144 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail



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