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Ascent of Mount Abraham on 2016-07-19

Climber: Matthew Chabe

Others in Party:Elizabeth Chabe
Date:Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Abraham
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second attempt at Abraham after first attempt failed in 2014 due to partner's sprained ankle. The bridge across Spring River, previously washed out, has been replaced with a new one. AMC Mountain Guide recommends driving all the way up to trailhead, but the road is narrow and very rough. You can park at the beginning of the this road and walk up to trailhead—it's short.

First 3 miles or so are pretty easy going. Couple of stream crossings. The first is most difficult and may require you to remove shoes and walk across. The others you can rock hop unless during/after rain or in wet season. After site of former ranger cabin (now a primitive campsite and privy), trail becomes steeper. Last half-mile is scramble across steep exposed talus field with sweeping views of Sugarloaf/etc. Couple of false peaks brings you to peak. Fire tower is gone. Someone (MATC?) has constructed a weather shelter from the remains.

Weather was unseasonably cool, 68F-ish. Approach to the summit was marked with rain clouds rolling in, bringing in high winds and dropping temps. Ate some gorp and departed.

As of this writing, there is no sign marking the summit. This seems odd, as the rest of the trail has been well-marked w/signage by the MATC.

Great hike with excellent sweeping views from the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Clear



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