Ascent of Mars Hill on 2010-10-12

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mars Hill
    Elevation:1748 ft / 532 m

Ascent Trip Report

A point-to-point hike over the Mars Hill north-south ridge ..... 4 miles, 2 hours RT. This climb completes my PB List "Maine County Prominence Peaks".

The north-south Mountain about 3 miles long is located on the east side of the County next to the village of Mars Hill, with the Canadian Border just 1 mile to the east. A very beautiful area with the once-beautiful Mountain surrounded by flat land, Katahdin to the southwest and Canada's Saint John's River Valley to the east. The International Appalachian Trail (IAT) runs along its ridge.
Unfortunately this is now "One Ugly Mountain" with its 33 wind turbines, service roads and football fields sized foot print for each turbine. They've scarred up the Mountain pretty good. How far are we going with this political bs polluting our environment. At this rate our whole continent will be one ugly place, something like the old TV antennas.

Last night we overnighted at the Mount Chase TH so this morning we found our way to Mars Hill and from the junction of Hwy #1/1A we drove north .3 miles on #1A to a right turn on Boynton Road, continued to its end to the T intersection with Country Club Road (East Blaine Road).
...... A right turn on East Blaine Road and a first left on Graves Road leads to the Big Rock Ski Area, from here to the South Peak is about 1.5 miles. Rose picked me up here, this is the TH for the South Peak.
...... A left turn at the T intersection leads leads 1.7 miles to a Dirt Road on the right (Delorme names it Tower Road). Turn right (east) on this Dirt Road for .6 miles to "NO Entry" signs, past here leads a short distance to the private "wind turbines" service buildings and the road to the ridge. Rose dropped me off at this "No Entry" spot, this is the TH for the North Peak.

Looking east from the North Peak TH, a swath in the woods with a power line can be seen climbing to the ridge. An ATV trail follows this line, this is the trail, once on the ridge (.8 Miles from the TH) make a left on the Ridge Road (it runs the whole length of the ridge servicing the wind turbines) to the NORTH PEAK at 1 mile from the TH...... the highpoint is between the 2 tall Communication Towers, at the evergreen trees next to the green propane tanks.

I walked sb on the Ridge Road about .8 miles to the MIDDLE PEAK ...... the summit has been flattened to create a 300 foot diameter plateau with the wind turbine in the center.

I continued sb on the Ridge Road, past the Ski Lift Station on the right, to the SOUTH PEAK at .7 miles ...... the highpoint is at a concrete block with a flagpole on one side and just to the east is a Hikers Leanto (sleeps 6, no water source). Views are available all along the open ridge.

I walked back to the Ski Lift Station and descended along the chair lift to the TH at the Big Rock Ski Area, 1.5 miles from the South Peak. The whole hike was 4 miles, 2 hours.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:388 ft / 118 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1128 ft / 343 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:388 ft / 118 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 338 ft / 103 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:ridge road sb from middle peak
    Start Trailhead:middle peak  1410 ft / 429 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1078 ft / 328 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:main ski lift
    End Trailhead:big rock ski area  670 ft / 204 m
Ascent Part of Trip: mars

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mars Hill-North Peak2010-10-12 a853 ft / 260 m
2Mars Hill-Middle Peak2010-10-12 b328 ft / 100 m
3Mars Hill2010-10-12 c388 ft / 118 m
Total Trip Gain: 1569 ft / 478 m    Total Trip Loss: 1128 ft / 344 m

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