Ascent of Snow Mountain on 2014-08-04

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Monday, August 4, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Snow Mountain
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

I spent most of the morning waiting out some severe, slow-moving thunderstorms. Finally, by late morning, the storms cleared out of the area, and I weighed my options. I decided that Snow Mountain at Chain of Ponds made the most sense for today. I headed in that direction, using back roads as a shortcut, as it was more direct than going entirely via the highways. But then I got stuck behind a log truck, going 20 mph for mile after mile. That's not how shortcuts are supposed to work!

Finally I reached North Road (off of Route 27) and reached the trailhead at the end of the road. By now, the rain had returned, but at least there wasn't any lightning this time. I set out along the wide path, eventually branching off onto a rougher trail that continued west when the main path diverged southward.

After a while, I reached Snow Mountain Pond, and the trail was very wet from all the recent rain. I picked my way through the mess, and came upon a cabin, and then I continued along the trail until it deteriorated into nothing. I knew this couldn't be right. Turns out I had missed the trail that branches toward the north up Snow Mountain, and continued southward along the west shore of the pond. The bend in the trail was gradual enough that I didn't notice, and plus the sun was behind the overcast cloud cover, so my change in direction wasn't obvious.

Once I figured that out, I backtracked and found the correct trail up the mountain. There is an arrow on a tree that I didn't notice the first time. As an aside, this peak reminds me a little bit of Mount Nancy in the NH White Mountains, in that you approach from the east, and then head north along an unofficial trail once you reach a pond.

Once up top, I looked at the ruined structures for a few minutes, and climbed about eight rungs up the firetower ladder to get a better view. The clouds had parted a little bit, opening up a view of some distant peaks (but this is Maine, so I can't identify any of them yet). It was still raining where I was, so I headed back down after my ten-minute summit visit. I tacked on an up-and-back to North Round Mountain on my way back.

Once I returned to the trailhead, the rain had moved on, and I drove away under blue skies. Figures.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2140 ft / 653 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2140 ft / 653 m
    Trailhead:1820 ft / 554 m
Descent Statistics

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