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Ascent of Lead Mountain on 2010-09-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, September 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lead Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate climb on a gravel road and ATV track ...... 2 miles, 80 minutes RT.

My source of information was the "Maine Mountain Guide 9th Edition" and I must say that the directions given are not only outdated/confusing but perhaps wrong. I lost 2 hours driving a few back roads and having to go back to our place of breakfast for information at the diner west of hwy junction #9/193. Hopefully I'll do a better job here of providing understandable directions.

Approaching from Bangor we traveled east on #9 to a gravel road signed "CC Road", on the left before Beddington. This road is 1.1 miles east of hwy junction #9/193 and 100 yards west of the bridge on #9 over the Narraguagus River. A large sign on the corner "Maine Forest Service, Ranger Station".

Turn left and go straight (north) on "CC Road", pass the MFS Buildings on the right, at .12 miles make a left on a dirt road heading generally northwest and drive 1.7 miles to a turnaround (this is a fairly rough road for cars like my Dodge Caravan, extreme care is required). A narrow gated road continues in the same direction. Park here this is the TH.

I walked up the gated the dirt road for about .3 miles where it dead-ends at the University of Maine Acid Rain Project Structures. A few hundred feet before the dead-end at the left bend is a wide ATV Track that leaves/climbs to the right. Follow this unblazed Track (it stays to the right of a drainage bed) to a height-of-land where it descends left to the drainage bed and continues/climbs to the Warden's Cabin just before the col. A dirt road continues to the col, makes a long bend to the left (west) and climbs moderately steep to the summit at about .3 miles. I estimate the distance from the TH to the summit at approx 1 mile.

At the wooded summit is capped with a Communication Tower, the old Fire Tower foundations and the Highpoint is just to the north. A US Geological Survey Marker is amid the foundations, no views to speak of.

"MAN WHO WAITS FOR ROAST DUCK TO FLY INTO MOUTH MUST WAIT, VERY LONG TIME."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:855 ft / 261 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:rough road/track from the southeast
    Trailhead:beddington  625 ft / 190 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail



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