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Ascent of Shaw Mountain on 2018-08-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, August 5, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Shaw Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1653 ft / 503 m

Ascent Trip Report

Yikes. October wind storm ripped this mountain.

Daniel boated me past the cliffs of Kineo and we found a large boulder in the lake I could jump the bow and find shore. The boat left me and I had what I expected to be an easy 1 mile hike up. But I did not anticipate the storm damage ahead

Trail was full of blowdown. Lost trail early in hike and had to bushwhack around massive obstacles and got so far off course never found red trail again. Ended up a bushwhack to summit. At one point I was trapped at the bottom of a vertical cliff of exposed rhyolite where climbing was challenged by moss, downfall, chossy eroding rock, biting deer flies and trying to avoid being impaled by the dead fir branches sticking up out of the tree downfall like dangerous knitting needles. Ughh

Once I found summit rock, was able to easily find historical trail and follow it down until the bad downfall area where I lost trail again.

If looking at gps track I downloaded follow the line to the left (West) that is the previous maintained trail. NOTE: i was dropped off by boat at the lake shore right next to the tiny stream and pond that shows up on the USGS map adjacent to the shore. The trailhead to go up Shaw is still about 50 yards north of the pond between two cedar trees and the trees have hatchet scars with red paint in the scars. It is an obvious opening. The eastern line was my miserable bushwhack thru fir spruce and blackberries where the blowdown got me off trail. Not a fun way to go. Also be careful of flagging. I flagged the bushwhack so I could find my way back that way in case my phone died (it was on low battery) and I sure did not want to downclimb that tangled mess of spiny torture. Note also that the actual trail I found and headed down (western line) re-intersects at the major blowdown tangle bringing me back to the main trail at the bottom. That is clearly the route finding crux.

This trail is in need of serious chain saw maintenance. Till that happens. This is not a good outing any more. It used to be a good training hike once a year for us from Kineo. Not now. If you can find your way around the initial obstacles and back on trail the path is pretty well easy to follow and I did add some tape to the route once I found it again but the obstacles in the way in places are nasty.

On way back I jogged the lake shoreline and was jogging up and over the second Kineo peninsula when Karen spotted me and drove me home the rest of the way in a golf cart
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:844 ft / 256 m
    Total Elevation Loss:211 ft / 63 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Grade/Class:1,2,3
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:688 ft / 209 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 633 ft / 193 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Loss on way in:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Red trail to bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Moosehead Lake   1020 ft / 310 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:156 ft / 47 m
    Gain on way out:156 ft / 47 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by William Musser
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