Ascent of Allagash Mountain on 2018-07-03

Climber: Floyd Greenwood

Others in Party:Floyd Greenwood III
Kyle Greenwood
Ryan Greenwood
Sean Paige
Mitchell Paige
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 3, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Allagash Mountain
    Elevation:1760 ft / 536 m

Ascent Trip Report

Entered 7/11/2018. Edited 1/27/2019.

This short hike was a part of a Boy Scout canoeing trip to the North Maine Woods. We had set up camp at the Carry Trail Site on Allagash Lake and hiked the afternoon of our arrival to the ranger station and then up the Tower Trail to the summit. We ran into the rangers at the ranger station at the Tower Trail head. They said that they would be replacing the roofing on the fire tower the next day. The trail started rising mildly but near the end ascended steeply up the mountain's east face. The summit was bare with a 30 ft fire tower that was climbable via ladder and open. The tower offered 360 degree views of the area, including Allagash Lake and other bodies of water, Mt. Katahdin to the southeast, Poland Mountain just to the northwest, and surrounding logging activity. The small tower had seen better days (no wonder the rangers were going to work on it). The beams, rods, and clables that supported the structure were in good order but much of the wood that made up the enclosed area on top had rotted. A faded, circular topographic map of the area was laminated to a wood table in the center. A shelf/table at waist height was attached to the east side. Glass and mesh windows were present on all sides. The enclosed area was no more than 6x6 feet and no more than three of us could stay up there at a time. At 6 feet tall, I could comfortably stand.

The weather was clear, sunny, and hot, but moderately windy at the top.
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View from Allagash Lake. Note the fire tower on the summit (2018-07-02). Photo by Floyd Greenwood.
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Summary Total Data
    Route:Carry Trail, Tower Trail
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear

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