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Ascent of Bald Mountain 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:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1261 ft / 384 m

Ascent Trip Report

A gradual to steep climb from the southwest side .... 1 mile, 40 minutes RT.

From Mount Waldo we traveled through Bucksport, stopping in at a Pharmacy for medication for my new discovered poison ivy on both hands (may shorten this trip), the northeast on hwy #46 to Deadham. At the 4-way-intersection with the Deadham Congregational Church on the right side, we turned right on Mill Road (unsigned) and drove 1 mile to a right turn on the paved Bald Mountain Road. The Deadham FD Building in on this corner, which can also be reached from the north by driving south on Upper Deadham Road from East Holden on hwy #1A.
We traveled south on Bald Mountain Road, past the Union Cemetery, at 3.7 miles where the road makes a sharp bend to the right I continued straight (a dead-end sign) and parked at 100 yards, a large sloped rock surface on the left. This is the TH, the summit is to the northeast at half a mile.

Hike up the gradual rough road beyond the granite surface for .2 miles (ignore the road descending right) and start a steep ascent on a wide bare granite trail all the way to the summit.
Two US Geological Survey Markers can be found on the Highpoint (just beyond the first Communication Tower) together with remnants of foundations and evidence of future work (orange spray paint at 9 different spots).
There are a total of 8 Towers on the large summit area which is heavily wooded to the northeast, views can be found from different locations.

"DON'T BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS BECAUSE THEY MAKE LIFE WORTH LIVING."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:561 ft / 171 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:rough road/granite tr from bald mtn rd on sw side
    Trailhead:bald mountain road from deadh am  700 ft / 213 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail



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