Ascent of Mosquito Mountain on 2014-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mosquito Mountain
    Elevation:2216 ft / 675 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Keene Book directions were easy to the TH but we had trouble finding the boulder with the bear paw. Reason is it has faded and needs repainting and is partially blocked by a tree from the road. After scanning the boulders in the power easment and finding cairns that went nowhere, I resorted to using the GPS coordinates in Keene's book to find the TH. Bottom line - you can take the logging road mentioned in Bernier's TR and park part of the way up and skip a good portion of the nice gentle approach hike through the maple and beech forest or you can do the hike from Lake Moxie from the actual TH.

To do it from the TH, take US 201 south from Town of Jackman till you get to the little town called the Forks and then take a left on the paved road marked to Moxie Falls and pass the parking lot for the falls and continue on the paved road till it dead ends in the tiny village of Moxie Falls at the shore of Moxie Lake. There, turn right on a poorly maintained pot hole filled road called Troutman Road and nearing the 2 mile mark you will pass the logging road mentioned by Bernier TR and then the power easement converges on the road with a large boulder field. Pass the boulder field and go slightly uphill right past where the power easement diverges from Troutman Road. Within a 100 yards of this point on the right you will see a tiny turnout that can park no more than 3 cars and what looks like a driveway but it is the trailhead (TH). NOTE: on the left side of the inconspicuous parking turn out is a cottage with address 412 Troutman Road. As you park your car you will see the boulder with the red bear paw print ever so faint on the right side of the parking area as you look uphill and up trail. Then notice the orange paw prints in the beech and birch trees. You follow those blazes to the top

The Orange blazes are the newer blazes and and the red are near gone. You immediatley pass through the diverged power easement (the trail does show on the google aerial but faintly). Then you will get up to the logging road - slate parking area that Bernier mentions in his report. Follow the easy and well marked trail through a beautful beech, maple woods that eventually steepens into firs and class 1+ trail, typical of Maine trails, with roots everywhere on ascent.

The trail gets more interesting as you approach the slabs at the top and the trail takes you through a small rock canyon near the saddle. The trail takes you to the left up to the lower ledges that has a sign in regsiter and an American Flag with outstanding views of Moxie Lake and the mountains to the south but that is not the peak. There is a trail to the peak too and it is marked with the Orange blazes as well.

I had Willie and Karen with me. Karen decided to rest on the first ledge and it looked like the climb to the true peak would be a bushwhack but that view is misleading. Go back down to the saddle and see the rock pile and start up it. You immediately find the blazes and a very steep section of trail that is kind of 2+. Nothing quite what you would call class 3 but once you get on the true ridge of Mosquito the bald rock slabs allow what might best be called "scampering" class 2+ or class 3-

The views at the true peak are wonderful slabs with panaramic views in all directions. A great hike. Will do again! I know I rate mountain hikes higher than most since I live in FL most of the year and love anything that climbs but honestly, of all the peaks in the Central Maine area (excluding the big peaks in Baxter and the big ones down in the Bigelows) this summit ranks in my top 5 in the lower central mountain area region. I recommend these 4: Mount Kineo; Borestone Mountain, Eagle Rock (Part of Big Moose) and Mosquito Mountain for nice day hikes with great views!

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1386 ft / 422 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1386 ft / 421 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 and 2+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
perfect weather warm for June 55 to 70F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1356 ft / 413 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1246 ft / 380 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Mosquito Trail
    Start Trailhead:lake Moxie  970 ft / 295 m
    Time:1 Hours 20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1276 ft / 388 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1246 ft / 380 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Mosquito Trail
    End Trailhead:lake Moxie  970 ft / 295 m
    Time:1 Hours 

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