Ascent of Mount Abraham on 2013-09-06

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudrun
Date:Friday, September 6, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Abraham
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

After visiting Sugarloaf and Spaulding yesterday, today we continue our visit to Maine’s 4000 footers by heading up Mt. Abraham.
Gudrun and I started at 7:50am from the missing bridge, temperature is 42 deg, not as cold as predicted, which makes us happy. The first crossing wasn’t too bad, we didn’t get very far and then came to the second crossing where another bridge was taken by Irene. This one wasn’t quite as easy to cross. But we did come prepared with water shoes and hiking poles, so we just waded across the river.
It took us 20 minutes just to get 200 meters! But now we are ready to really begin our hike. We arrived at the Abraham TH at 8:25 am, this part of the trail was quite flat and easy going – it was actually an old logging road. Just past the tent site, the trail gets really steep. Gudi decides she will take her time and I started to go ahead. Popped out of the trees around 10:35 and started the rock hopping/scramble to the summit. It is another gorgeous blue sky day! Reached the summit at 11:05. Gudi doesn’t like the scrambling so she stayed below, I took lots of pictures as the summit offers 360 degree views. Spectacular views in all directions. Took a peak in the Fire Warden’s shelter, I’m sure that is a great place to be if you caught in some bad weather on the summit. We were back at the new tent site at 12:15pm. Got to the end of the Abraham trail at 1:35, now we just need to head down the logging road for a bit and finish with the two river crossings. We were back at the car at 1:55, wet feet but no one fell in the river! This kind of a tough hike, after completing ¾ of the distance, there is basically no elevation gain, which sounds nice, but the last quarter is very steep! But totally worth it once at the summit!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Quality:9 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3400 ft / 1036 m
    Distance:9.5 mi / 15.3 km
    Route:Logging Road, Abraham trail
    Start Trailhead:Rapid Stream Rd  640 ft / 195 m
    Time:6 Hours 5 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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