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
    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source of information was the "Maine Mountain Guide 9th Edition" and I must say that the directions given are not only outdated/confusing but perhaps wrong.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.

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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