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Ascent of North Brother on 2013-09-16

Climber: Mike Guethle

Date:Monday, September 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:North Brother
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4151 ft / 1265 m

Ascent Trip Report

So. There's this trip in the central of Baxter Park that includes climbing 4 of the hundred highest peaks in New England. It's pretty great. And all the summits are exposed. You should do it!

TO get there? Go like 40 minutes from the Baxter gate to Slide Dam, where the trail starts. From here, the trail climbs steadily like 500 feet to a fork at 1.3 miles in. Left is to North Brother, right is to Mt. Coe.

Trail to the left climbs steadily past a pond for about 3 miles to the junction with the Coe trail and the North Brother Spur. From this location, it is about 700 feet and .8 miles to the North Brother Summit.

From the North Brother Summit, Fort Mountain is between .5 and .75 miles to the north. There is a herd path that follows directly to the summit of Fort from the summit of N Brother, just a little to the left of the summit sign for N Brother. This path is not very well marked... there's definitely a path there, but if I had never done a "trailless" peak, I wouldn't know what to look for. Get a GPS. The peak to the right is Fort, the one to the left is a few feet shorter.

Following back to the intersection with the North Brother Trail, continue on to South Brother, which is a small .4 mile each-way hike up to yet another great view of Katahdin. Nothing special to note, really.

Continuing on to Coe, the trail goes down quite a bit then back up to Coe's summit, with another great view. About .25 miles off the summit back towards the car is a slide. This is no ordinary slide, though... it's straight up for like a quarter mile with very few hand holds.

Trail is gorgeous from this spot back to the car. 11.3 miles total, overall a great trip. Seriously, go do this one. Now!
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