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Ascent of Big Moose Mountain on 2012-09-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Big Moose Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:3196 ft / 974 m

Ascent Trip Report





A trail hike ..... 5 miles, 3h00 hours RT.

The signed TH Parking is located on North Road 1.4 miles west of Hwy 6&15 (4.9 miles north of downtown Greenville). There is an information board at the TH but no mention of distance, I estimate it at 2.5 miles.

The blue-blazed/well-used trail climbs westerly (moderate) to the old/dilapidated Fire Warden Cabin, then steeply to the ridge (450 stone steps) where it turns right and stays on the ridge (moderately steep) northeast to the summit ...... 2 sheds with solar panels and antennas plus the old Tower Foundations, the first Fire Tower in the USA was built on this summit in 1905.
The clouds moved in as I summited robbing me of the view, it was windy and cool so I didn't stick around.

The trail continues/descends 70 yards passed the summit to a new construction site presently in progress. Already built is a large concrete slab (20' X 40' X 6' high on one side) with a wooden building and a large galvanized steel structure for Solar Panels. To one side is a large hole (30' round X 7' deep) with a rock drilling machine ... a lot of rock anchors are near-by. I believe this is for a tall Tower. All sorts of equipment on site, such as compressors, small bob-cats, vibrators, saws, steel, porta-potty, etc.
Being involved in construction most of my working life I have a great appreciation/respect for the tough people on this project ...... on top of a mountain with no access road ???? pretty impressive work.

After having dinner in Greenville, getting a few groceries and calling Rose I drove to the Baker Mountain TH for the night. They are forecasting rain into the morning, not good.

"LIFE ENDS .... WHEN YOU STOP DREAMING,
HOPE ENDS .... WHEN YOU STOP BELIEVING,
AND FRIENDSHIP ENDS .... WHEN YOU STOP SHARING.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1956 ft / 597 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8 km
    Route:trail wb from north road
    Trailhead:north road 1.4 miles west of hwy 6&15  1240 ft / 377 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Low Clouds



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