Ascent of Mount Chase on 2013-07-21

Climber: Edward Earl

Date:Sunday, July 21, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Chase
    Elevation:2440 ft / 743 m

Ascent Trip Report

From the junction of ME-11 and WESTbound ME-159 in Patten, I headed N on ME-11. After 5 miles I passed a large white sign announcing Aroostook county. 1.2 miles later I turned L (W) on Mountain Rd. Zero or note your odometer at the turnoff. Mountain Rd is smooth, well-graded gravel at first, but at mile 1.3 it becomes narrow and rough with a high grass center. My rented Toyota Corolla did OK but a pickup would have been better (though 4WD would be overkill). At mile 1.8 I parked at a grassy pullout on the R (N) side of the road. Note: this is not the same pullout used by Ben Lostracco in his trip report.

I headed farther up Mountain Rd, encountering a grass road on both sides after 0.3 mile. The one on the R is essentially the pullout used by Ben. A short distance later is a white sign indicating a side road to Mt Chase on the R. I turned onto that road, which enters the forest and climbs. At times the path has trouble making up its mind whether it wants to be a two-track jeep road or a one-track hiking trail. At about 1240' is a 4-way intersection with a grassy forest road. As Ben says, always stay on the main road; don't make any turns onto side roads. At 1750' I passed am abandoned cabin on my R. At ~2200' is a trail junction where a L turn is a spur tail to Eagles Point. I continued on the main trail to the summit of Mt Chase. Although the trail is almost entirely wooded, it begins to open up just before the summit. The summit area is mostly open rounded rock slabs with small evergreens growing out of the hollows between them. The highest ground is a rivalry between three such slabs: one before a small shack, and two after, though the one before is likely the lowest of the three.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1440 ft / 438 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Trailhead:Mountain Rd  1000 ft / 304 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 

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