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Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2013-08-23

Climber: Rob Gilgen

Others in Party:Laureen
Date:Friday, August 23, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Starting at the Chapel in the ski area, ascended via a series of ski trails. Summit was socked in and windy. Visibility so poor that the radio tower was invisible just 100 yds away. During the ascent we were below the cloud cover, and had nice views of the cloud shrouded Bigelow range. Descended the south side of the mountain on the spur trail (blue blazes) down to the AT. Heading southbound on the AT, collected Spaulding (taking the 0.1 mile spur trail to the summit), continuing to the junction with the Mt Abraham trail. Taking the Mt Abraham trail east, we summited Mount Abraham, and then continued on this trail to the Mount Abraham Trail trailhead. The trailhead is at a "T" intersection of dirt roads. When exiting the trail, you will see a road to the left, and a road to the right...take the one that is straight ahead. You will have to walk approx 1/2 mile on this road (Rapid Stream Road) before reaching the stream where the bridges were washed out. You will need to rock-hop over two closely spaced streams to get to the area where cars can be parked. The streams are both approximately 30'-40' wide, and would be very dangerous to cross in high water.
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