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Ascent of South Crocker Mountain on 2013-08-24

Climber: Rob Gilgen

Others in Party:Laureen
Date:Saturday, August 24, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:South Crocker Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ascended northbound on the AT from the trailhead at Caribou Pond Road. To get to the trailhead, take Caribou pond Road from RT 27 for 4 miles. At this point, the bridge is out, so you must park your car and walk 1/2 mile to the AT crossing. There is no sign, but a small cairn and some colored strips of surveyor's tape mark the trail junction. Turn right on the trail to ascend South Crocker. Trail has sections where I felt like I was dodging rocks. After a short smoother section, it began a steep ascent, with a couple places which provided nice views of the Bigelows. Summit is unremarkable, with view south on a short spur trail. Headed north to North Crocker (for some reason, PeakBagger calls it Crocker Mountain, though the sign at the summit begs to differ). Again, unremarkable at the summit. Turned south to re-climb South Crocker, and then followed the herd path to Redington. The herd path is little more than a footpath, and no attempt has been made to clear branches and vegetating from the path. It is a bit tricky to follow near the summit of South Crocker, but once part way down to the col, the trail becomes easy to follow, made even easier by some well-placed strips of colored tape. Ascent to Redington was straightforward, following the colored tape to the summit.
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