Ascent of Old Speck on 2012-04-22

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Emay
Date:Sunday, April 22, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Old Speck
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is day two of our escape to Maine hiking weekend. Today is much worse than yesterday, pretty well socked in, low clouds and intermittent drizzle. Emay and I started up the Old Speck trail at 11:15. Because it was wet, the trail was a bit slippery, but not too bad. Not sure what the waterfalls usually look like, but because it rained most of the night, there was plenty of water running down the mountain and the different water falls were very nice today. We reached the summit at 1:35, where there was a cold drizzle falling and the views were less than minimal. Emay needed to warm his hands while I climbed the fire tower, the view of the fog was even better from up there! After a quick lunch Emay made his way up the tower for a quick look and then we headed off the mountain at 1:50pm.
The return hike was uneventful except for one slip and fall on the slippery rocks. We did run into a couple of other hikers who were doing the loop hike around the eyebrow trail. We arrived back at the car at 4:05pm. I hope to return to the area when the weather is a lot nicer!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3300 ft / 1005 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Pretty well socked in, with on/off drizzle
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3300 ft / 1005 m
    Distance:7.1 mi / 11.4 km
    Route:Old Speck trail
    Trailhead:Old Speck Trail  860 ft / 262 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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