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Ascent of Mount Abraham on 2015-10-31

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, October 31, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Abraham
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a great day and peak to hike on my 21st birthday! It was also #60 on the NE67.

The road to the trailhead, Rapid Stream Rd, was rough but passable with extreme caution (drove a Kia Rio, never went above 5 MPH for the last 1/2 mi). The washed out bridges were recently replaced, so I was able to drive right to the trailhead proper.

The Mt. Abraham Trail was mellow for the first two and a half miles, crossing several brooks and small streams en route (the first crossing was the most difficult- crossed it on a log). A mile in, I crossed a logging road, and from there, the trail was fairly level, with a few small PUDs thrown in for good measure. The woods were thin and open until about 2,000-2,100', after which it became more sprucey. At around 2,200', I passed an outhouse (which I was thankful for on the descent), and then the trail became rather steep. Wasn't rough though, so the going was all right. The trail mellowed a bit near the 3,000' mark, then went steeply up again. At about 3,300', I came to an excellent view of Spaulding and Sugarloaf Mtns, then turned left at an AT sign to the start of the famous talus field. I followed the trail, marked with cairns, up the slope to the start of the alpine zone of Abraham. Definitely didn't feel like was under 4,000 feet. After a few false summits, I got to the right one!

The summit of Mt. Abraham was open and treeless, with 360 degree views! They were even better due to crystal clear skies and the chilly air. Didn't need to put on the winter gear I brought, though, since there was almost no wind. Once I got my photo/video proof, I kicked back, relaxed, ate some Tim Hortons Timbits, and took in the incredible views. After a 1/2 hour, though, I headed back down. Couldn't have asked for better weather or views on a better summit.

60 down, 7 to go!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3000 ft / 913 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3000 ft / 914 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2900 ft / 883 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Mt. Abraham Trail
    Start Trailhead:Mt. Abraham Trail head  1140 ft / 347 m
    Time:1 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3000 ft / 914 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2900 ft / 884 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Mt. Abraham Trail
    End Trailhead:Mt. Abraham Trail head  1140 ft / 347 m
    Time:1 Hours 40 Minutes



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