Ascent of South Turner Mountain on 2011-08-11

Climber: Dave Dunham

Others in Party:Alan Bernier
Date:Thursday, August 11, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Turner Mountain
    Elevation:3123 ft / 951 m

Ascent Trip Report

Day three of my peakbagging adventures with Al would feature our fewest number of peaks, but a LONG time on our feet out there.

We started the day with a 4 mile run in Millinocket then drove 10 miles to the Baxter State park gate and another 10 miles on logging roads to the trailhead. We started off with a nice hike up to the summit of South Turner Mountain (3,123'). The 1:04 to hike up was a great warm-up for what was to come.

We spent 15 minutes on the summit changing into wet weather gear. It wasn't raining but there was dense fog and we'd be bushwhacking for quite a while in some seriously wet woods. We headed out and Al did a heck of a job keeping us on course for the 3:10:28 it took to cover the short distance to East Turner (1.6 miles with 800' of drop and 120' of climb in incredibly thick woods). East Turner at 2,456' is the highest point in Penobscot county. We spent just under 15 minutes at the summit and then decided to drop down to Katahdin lake and take a shot at finding a trail that'd get us out a bit faster than plowing back to South Turner.

Al again did a great job of navigating and the woods were great, we hit the lake (and trail) in 1:04. We hung out at the Shelter near the lake and after 15 minutes to change and re-fuel we headed out on the trail for a 6+ mile run back to the car. It took us another 1:18:31 to get back and the total time was 7:21:50. I was very happy about the extra running, definitely made my day.

Another 100 miles had us at the base of Mt Waldo (1,060') the most prominent peak in Waldo county. We ran to the summit in 14:04 then spent 5:20 on top and ran back down in 13:54 for a total of 33:18. I was pretty spent at this time but the day wasn't over yet...we had another 70 miles to drive to get to Augusta where we crashed for the night.

Day 3 totals:
Drive - 200 miles
Run - 12+ miles
Hike - 4:16 (total time on our feet = 7:55:08)
Peaks - 3
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1623 ft / 494 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1623 ft / 494 m
    Route:South Turner trail
    Trailhead:Trailhead  1500 ft / 457 m
    Time Up:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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