Ascent of Boundary Bald Mountain on 2012-09-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Boundary Bald Mountain
    Elevation:3620 ft / 1103 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods road and steep trail .. 5.2 miles, 3h30 hours RT.

From the bridge over Moose River in Jackman its 7.7 miles north to Bald Mountain Road on the right with an open gate. A sign reads "To Bald Mountain Hiking Trail". This is Hilton Timberlands Private Lands, the gate is closed during periods of very wet weather.

I traveled east on Bald Mountain Road (good dirt road) 4.1 miles to a left on a dirt road, sign on corner "Bald Mountain Hiking Trail". At .2 miles I came to a fork and parked, this was my TH, GPS 45.75151,-70.23989.
Left is Notch Road, right is the Bald Mountain Trail Road with sign "Bald Mountain Trail .... the trail begins 1.4 miles up this road. This road is good to travel on for the next .4 miles, after which only 4 wheel drive vehicles required." I would find out that this road is for high clearance vehicles only and definitely not for my van, there is an obstacle at just 200 yards.

I walked 1.4 miles up the road to the trail on the left, sign "Bald Mountain Summit". I got too see the summit of Bald for the first time. The trail climbs/winds northerly to a trail junction on the ridge about 400 yards west of the summit. The Notch Trail comes in from the left. The climb is moderate to steep with numerous scrambling spots, took a number of granny stops. The lower part is basically a drainage ditch, a few wet/muddy stretches.

The impressive ridge walk east is open for the most part and the summit is reached at 1.2 miles .... capped with 2 Solar Panels on top of sheds (one being an A-Frame log cabin style, the first seen on a summit), a downed antenna and a Communication Tower. A BM is next to the A-Frame "National Geodetic Survey, Bald, 1929,1984".

A superb 360 degree panorama, you are surrounded with wilderness with the colors just starting .... the only evidence of civilization is few dots to the southwest that is Jackman, 2 white stack-like structures to the northwest (perhaps Turbines) and the odd woods road. The view is spoiled only by the ugly Wind Turbines to the east (probably on Kibby Mountain). Tomorrow's climb, Big Moose, is clearly in view to the southeast.
I descended after a nice long break.

Moose Fact .... The flap of skin that sways beneath their throat is called a "Bell".

I drove to Greenville for dinner, called Rose and found a free campsite at Maine Forest Services Campground on Big Point Road off of Hwy 6&15 north of Greenville. Had a nice chat with the caretaker, Francis Dumas, vietnam vet. He and his buddy look after the place. He's off tomorrow for a few days to scout for moose on the Golden Road, the season starts next week.


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A-Frame Building with downed antenna on rocky ridge just west of summit (2012-09-17). Photo by Ben Lostracco.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1770 ft / 539 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Route:dirt road eb/trail nb from bald mountain road
    Trailhead:bald mountain road  1850 ft / 563 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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