Ascent of Mount Chase on 2010-10-11

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, October 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Chase
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate climb to the Main Summit and to Eagles Point on an old woods track from the south side ....... 3.3 miles, 2 1/2 hour RT for both peaks.

We arrived in the area after a 7 hour drive, enough time to take in Mont Chase, located just west of Penobscot/Aroostook County Line, north of the village of Patten.
The approach road (signed Mountain Road) to the TH leaves the west side of Hwy #11 6.2 miles north of Patten (1.2 miles north of the large white sign "Aroostook County") or 9.5 miles south of Knowles Corner. Travel west on the Mountain Road for 2.1 miles to a small grass parking on the right (north) side. Park here this is the TH, the summit is to the west-of-north of this spot.
The first half of the drive is ok however the last section is very rough in spots, low ruts and rocks made the going especially painful for my poor Dodge Caravan with worn-out tires. I had to get out of the car at one point to check for a path around a few rocks, you tend to feel every rock you hit or think you're going to hit. In order to avoid these roads obstacles we had to weave from side to side on the already narrow road, the vegetation scratching the sides of our van. A bit of a nerve-wracking experience especially with Rose telling me, "We have no business being down these bloody roads, why don't you find yourself another passion."
I responded, "Ya but, you must admit, it could have been a lot worse, it was only for about a mile."
"Ya right."
I must admit that Rose is right and a major accident is probably in the waiting, like a broken suspension or a cracked oil pan. I know that I should be driving a high clearance vehicle.

I walked up the Mountain Road 100 feet to the start of the trail on the right, old red signs with arrows point the way. A very rough/rocky woods track climbs/winds west then north to an abandoned Wardens Cabin at .8 miles. Always follow the the main track, blazed with the odd red-flag-tape, ignoring all side tracks.
The trail continues/leaves the clearing in front of the Cabin at the north side (straight ahead to the left as you arrive at the clearing) and climbs north to a col on the west side of the main summit. A sign here points left to the west peak "Eagles Point" a few hundred yards away. Turn right (east) for the main summit a short distance away, .7 miles from the Cabin .... a rocky ridge about 100 yards long with a Communication Tower and a Solar panel, a Geodetic Survey Marker is amid the old foundations of the removed Fire Tower. The highpoint is at the rock outcrop to the west of the Geodetic Survey Marker. Great views
I went over to Eagles Point, a short trail/bushwack/scramble a few hundred yards away. An open rocky outcrop worth the effort. I descended the same route.

While I was out on the mountain Rose walked up the Mountain Road for a short distance enjoying the fall colors and meeting/chatting with a number of hunters who are out in force this time of the year.
We decided to overnight at this TH, a number of hunters camps nearby. Tomorrow we will drive out/over to Mars Hill.

"YOU OBSERVE A LOT BY WATCHING." .........Berraism
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1430 ft / 435 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1430 ft / 435 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1430 ft / 435 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:woods track from mountain road on south side
    Start Trailhead:mountain road on south side  1010 ft / 307 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1430 ft / 435 m
    Route:wb to eagles point
    End Trailhead:eagles point/mountain road  1010 ft / 307 m
Ascent Part of Trip: chase

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Chase2010-10-11 a1430 ft / 436 m
2Mount Chase-Eagles Point2010-10-11 b60 ft / 18 m
Total Trip Gain: 1490 ft / 454 m    Total Trip Loss: 2640 ft / 805 m

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