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Ascent of Borestone Mountain-West Peak on 2014-06-13

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Sarah Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, June 13, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Borestone Mountain-West Peak
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1960 ft / 597 m

Ascent Trip Report

I have always wanted to return to do this amazing trail and mountain as it is local to our summer lodge and always worth the effort. Last time we got chased down off the peaks by heavy rain. Today, we chanced a break in the 3 days of cold windy rain on Moosehead Lake, drove to Greenville, shopped, then drove to Monson and took the paved road with the sign the 8 miles to the Audubon Parking lot.

Sarah and I had done this hike on father's day about 4 years and we wanted this as a quick fun hike between storms. Without detours you looking at around 4.4 mile round trip and over 1,300 feet of gain. Note: NO DOGS allowed, and a $5 fee at the halfway Visitor Center.

The best part of the hike is rounding the high embedded lake; and then the steep climb through roots approaching the slabs; but the scampering and scrambling section of the ledges at the top is veynice for a small Central Maine mountain. There are simple trails over the rocks that keeps the entire route probably under a true class 3 or barely making a class 3; but there are so many fun routes all over the peak that you end up drawn off trail in place to enjoy some irresistable scampering class 3- and scrambling class 3 routes for fun in many places if you care too. The views from both peaks are outstanding. Definately take the extra 0.3 mile each way to the further out, but slightly higher peak.

Sarah chose to stop at the west peak and rest (we hiked it in 1 hour and 15 minutes including paying our fees and taking photos along the way) and I asked her to time me to run from peak to peak and then back. I did the extra 0.6 of a mile including photos in 8 minutes (4 minutes out and 4 minutes back). I estimate that the trail that follows along or next to the Borestone Ridge take you up and down to saddles and over several fine slabs giving you and extra gain of around 200 feet out and back so it is a fine addition to go to the second peak.

Other notes:
I want to come back and do this again and show this outstanding ledge to our vistors at the lodge since it is only an hour from Kineo. But I want to start at Wilson Steam near the rapids at under elevation 500. Then I can hike up the road from the beautiful falls at Wilson Stream and get a better workout with more vertical and horizontal. I estimate with the rolling hills and the starting elevation, that there is another 360 feet of net gain and a total add gain of nearly 400.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1220 ft / 371 m
    Total Elevation Loss:160 ft / 48 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+, 3 at top
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
rained all day and found a calm in the weather at 55F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1220 ft / 371 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1110 ft / 338 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Green Trail Audubon
    Start Trailhead:Audubon Parking Lot  850 ft / 259 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.1 mi / 0.2 km
    Route:Green Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle between pinnacles  1910 ft / 582 m
    Time:2 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Borestone

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Borestone Mountain-West Peak2014-06-13 a1220 ft / 372 m
2Borestone Mountain2014-06-13 b161 ft / 49 m
3Borestone Mountain-West Peak2014-06-13 c150 ft / 46 m
Total Trip Gain: 1531 ft / 467 m    Total Trip Loss: 1531 ft / 467 m



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