Ascent of Center Hill on 2012-09-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:See Mount Blue TR for the details of this hike.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Center Hill
    Elevation:1658 ft / 505 m

Ascent Trip Report

A short loop trail to an outstanding rock ledge ..... .5 miles, 30 minutes RT.

I decided to check out this peak (not in the PB data base), I added it as a provisional peak for Greg's approval.
From the entrance/Ranger Station noted in Mount Blue TR, I drove/climbed the paved road to the open parking, complete with picnic facilities and great views to the northwest, just below the summit.

A short .5 mile loop trail leaves this area for the summit. A self-guide pamphlet available at the TH gives an insight into the historical/vegetation explanation of this area at 11 numbered wooden posts alongside the trail. The trail goes by a small bog on the summit.

The summit is the outstanding open rock ledge at post #5 with a super 180 degree panorama to the west overlooking Webb Lake and the mountain ranges across the valley, my GPS 44.72567,-70.40820.
An area to the northeast 100 yards inside the dense/deadfall woods contends for the HP, I chose my spot there at GPS 44.72614,-70.40755.

Moose Fact .... Moose are the State Animal of Maine and the largest of all deer species.

After this climb I found my way north to Hwy 201, designated Federal Scenic Byway, aptly named Old Canada Road, to the Mount Coburn area (south of Jackman) where I found a free primitive campsite in the Plum Creek Forest Lands. Its location is in the Coburn TR.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3454 ft / 1052 m
    Elevation Loss:3454 ft / 1052 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather: a outstanding views, well worth the visit, easily done with Mount Blue
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1796 ft / 547 m
    Extra Loss:1658 ft / 505 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:interpretive loop tr from n parking
    Trailhead:northside parking  1520 ft / 463 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1796 ft / 547 m
    Extra Gain:1658 ft / 505 m
    Route:interpretive loop tr from n parking
    Trailhead:northside parking  1520 ft / 463 m

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