Showing posts from 2010

Ebright Azimuth, DE

Location: New Castle County, Delaware
Elevation: 448 feet
Date: December 18, 2010

Ebright Azimuth, at an elevation of 448 feet, is the highest point in Delaware. The officially recognized summit is located at a suburban intersection and is marked by a sign. This sign is located at the edge of a field along a road about 330 feet from the Pennsylvania border. The actual summit is believed to be on private land in a trailer park, although any visitors wouldn't be able to see an elevation differences.

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Jerimoth Hill, RI

Elevation: 812 feet
Distance: ~0.25 mi
Date: December 17, 2010

Jerimoth Hill (elevation 812) feet is the highest point in Rhode Island. Getting to the high point requires parking along Rhode Island route 101 and making a mostly flat walk through pine forest. The trail and high point are on private land, but open to the public daily. The high point itself was not well marked, and there were several signs in the area saying Jerimoth Hill, leading to some confusion.

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Great Head Trail, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~1.4 mi (2.3 km) round trip
Highest elevation: ~150 ft (46 m)
Elevation gain: ~150 ft (46 m)
Date: November 24, 2010

The Great Head Trail in Acadia National Park is a loop trail around the small peninsula just east of Sand Beach on the eastern side of Mount Desert Island.  This is a fairly easy trail with a short steep section after crossing the beach.

The trail begins from the Sand Beach parking area, crosses Sand Beach, and then climbs up the sides of the Great Head peninsula.  Once on top of the peninsula the loop portion of the trail is fairly flat and takes you out to some rocky cliffs with views of the ocean, Sand Beach, and the Beehive.

During the summer Sand Beach is one of the most popular areas of the park and can be very crowded, and parking may be limited, so consider taking the free Island Explorer bus around the park.

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The Precipice Trail, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~1.6 mi (2.6 km) round trip
Highest elevation: 1,058 ft (322 m)
Elevation gain: 958 ft (292 m)
Date: November 24, 2010

The Precipice is perhaps the best and most challenging trail in Acadia National Park.  The trail ascends nearly 1000 feet up the vertical eastern face of Champlain Mountain.  I did this hike on a chilly and windy November day when there only a couple other people in the park and none on this trail.

The trail begins at the Precipice trailhead on the Park Loop Road south of Bar Harbor.  The trail begins gaining some elevation for a short distance until you reach the bottom of the cliff.  Next comes the best part of the hike when you reach ladder rungs inserted into the granite of the cliff.  You also have to  walk along several narrow exposed cliff edges, only a few of which have railings, in order to reach each following set of ladders.

The views from this trail are fantastic and are well worth it.  During my visit the prevailing winds were coming from the w…

Stillwater River, ME

Location: Old Town, Maine
Date: October 12, 2010

One morning I drove north from Orono along the Stillwater River to the northern end of Marsh Island. I reached a place where the dirt road was right along the river and crossed by a small wetland. Here are some photos from that fall morning.

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Schoodic Peninsula, Acadia National Park

Date: October 2, 2010

The Schoodic Peninsula section of Acadia National Park is a small disjunct part of the park just east and across Frenchman Bay from Bar Harbor.  The Schoodic Peninsula is just south of the town of Winter Harbor, about a 45 minute drive from Bar Harbor.

A one way loop road travels along the coastline of the peninsula.  There are also a few short trails that ascend the 440 ft Schoodic Head, as well as the much small hill called the Anvil.  A side road goes to the Schoodic Point parking area where the rocky coast is more exposed to the open ocean than on Mount Desert Island because of fewer offshore islands.

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Mansell Mountain, Acadia National Park

Distance: ~2.5 mi (4 km) round trip
Highest elevation: 949 ft (289 m)
Elevation gain: 879 ft (268 m)
Date: October 2, 2010

Mansell Mountain is located on the western side of Mount Desert Island northwest of Southwest Harbor in Acadia National Park.  The mountain is at the southwest end of Long Pond and across the pond from Beech Mountain.

Several trails ascend the mountain, so there are plenty of opportunities to create a loop hike in the area.  Perhaps the best ascent route is the Perpendicular Trail, which rises up the steep eastern face of the mountain overlooking Long Pond.  This trail follows granite staircases and a few ladder rungs before leveling off slightly when it reaches the discrete summit.

On the descent from the summit I took the Mansell Mountain Trail, which follows the south ridge of the mountain and has several good views.  Once back at the bottom of the mountain I followed the Cold Brook Trail back east to the Long Pond parking area.

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Ship Harbor Trail, Acadia National Park

Date: October 2, 2010
Distance: 1.3 mi (2.1 km) round trip

The Ship Harbor Trail in Acadia National Park is an easy, flat trail on the southwest side of Mount Desert Island.  This trail is away from most of the more visited areas of the park, so the trial probably will not be crowded and may be empty.

The trail is a narrow loop, one side of which follows the shore of Ship Harbor before reaching the rocky coast.  The trial then turns around and heads back to the trailhead while paralleling the other half of the loop.

The Ship Harbor trailhead is along route 102A between the Wonderland Trail and turn for the Bass Harbor Lighthouse.  This lighthouse is set in a beautiful location along the coast where a very short trial leads to great views of it.  The Seawall Campground is east of the trailhead.

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Presidential Range

Location: White Mountain National Forest, New Hampshire
Distance: 16.3 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 6,600 feet overall
Date: August 20, 2010

In August 2010 I did a 17-mile loop hike across the northern end of New Hampshire's Presidential Range. I began my hike at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center around 7:00 am after spending the previous night at the Dolly Copp Campground. I followed the Appalachian Trail from the visitor center (elevation 2,022 ft) for 1.6 miles until I crossed the Mount Washington Auto Road at an elevation of 2,700 ft.  From here the AT descended over 1.9 miles to an elevation of under 2,300 ft in the Great Gulf Wilderness.

After crossing the West Branch Peabody River I followed the AT for 0.6 mi until it turned up the side of Mount Madison. Over the next 2.0 mi the AT gains 2,360 ft until it reaches the Osgood Junction. Just below the Osgood Junction the trail rises into the treeless alpine tundra where it remains for most of remaining part of the hike. Fro…

Borestone Mountain, ME

Location: near Monson, Maine
Date: August 7, 2010
Summit elevation: 1947 ft (593 m)
Elevation gain: ~1100 ft (335 m)
Distance: ~2.5 mi (4 km) one way

The Borestone Mountain Trail is a very popular trail that is moderately strenuous with great views. The trail is located on the Maine Audubon Society's Borestone Mountain Sanctuary. The trail begins at the entrance to the sanctuary along Elliotsville Road where the pavement ends.

The trail parallels a gated road with moderate elevation gain through forest until the trail reaches the facilities at Sunrise Pond.  At the visitor center at Sunrise Pond non-Maine Audubon members must pay a small fee before continuing.

From here the trail begins climbing more steeply up the stone steps and two hand and footholds up Borestone Mountain. You will soon reach the rocky clearings on the lower summit.  Continue east across the top of the mountain to reach the summit of the mountain where there is a small display.  The 360 degree views from the s…

Gulf Hagas

Location: northwest of Brownville, Maine
Distance: 7.4 miles round trip
Elevation gain: 500 feet
Date: July 30, 2010

The Gulf Hagas is a gorge with 130 foot-high walls in Maine. Over a course of three miles through the gorge the West Branch Pleasant River drops 370 feet. To get to the gorge you have to first stop at Katahdin Iron Works State Park to the south near Silver Lake to obtain a permit before continuing on the well maintained dirt road to the trailhead.

The trialhead is at an elevation just under 700 feet, and after only about 0.2 mi from the trailhead you must wade across the West Branch Pleasant River. In this section the river is wide and calm, and in late July it wasn't much more than one foot deep at the most. After crossing the river the trail passes Pugwash Pond and  then through the Hermitage, which is an stand of old-growth trees. The Hermitage includes eastern white pines that are up to 150 feet tall.

It is 0.9 mi from the river crossing until you cross Gulf Hag…

Mount Katahdin, ME

Location: northwest of Millinocket, Maine
Dates: 17 September 2008
           5 September 2009
           25 June 2010
Summit elevation: 5268 ft (1605 m)

Mount Katahdin is the highest point in Maine, and is a very large and fairly isolated mountain that towers around the surrounding landscape. The mountain is in Baxter State Park near Millinocket in remote, but fairly accessible northern Maine. The park has several regulations you should read about on their website before visiting the park. Katahdin has three peaks: Baxter, Pamola, and Hamlin (in order of elevation). There are three primary trailheads with campgrounds and varying distances and elevation gain to the summit.

Abol Campground
The hike from the Abol Campground and trailhead is the shortest (3.8 miles one way) and has only about 3870 ft in elevation gain. This is the route of choice for people who want the shortest hike and to simply reach the summit. I have never taken this route but it approaches the summit from the south…

Quoddy Head State Park

Location: south of Lubec, Maine
Date: 7 June 2010

Quoddy Head State Park encompasses the easternmost point in the United States outside of Alaska. The park is located in Downeast Maine along the Bay of Fundy near the border with New Brunswick. It is also the closest point in all 50 states to both Europe and Africa.

Situated near the easternmost point is the West Quoddy Head Light. Constructed in 1858 it is only one of two lighthouses in the U.S. with red and white stripes, and was the first to be equipped with a fog bell.

A small rock monument marks the the area as the easternmost point, however the true easternmost point is Sail Rock, a tiny island (basically a rock) in the bay. Only for a few weeks around the vernal and autumnal equinoxes Quoddy Point is the first place in the U.S. to see sunrise.

The park has five miles of hiking trails that can be hiked as a loop and are well worth the visit. One half of the loop follows the rocky shore along the 100+ ft cliffs while the other hal…

Chick Hill, ME

Elevation: 1,160 feet
Elevation gain: 835
Distance: 2.6 miles round trip
Location: Clifton, Maine
Date: May 24, 2010

Chick Hill, also known as Peaked Mountain, is a small peak in eastern Maine. It is a fairly popular destination because it is close to Bangor and accessed from a trailhead just of Maine state route 9. The southern side of the peak is a granite cliff with views from east to south to southwest.

The trail to the peak is only 1.3 miles one way and begins at a trailhead at an elevation of about 325 feet. The trail travels through forest past Little Chick Hill (east of Chick Hill) before eventually emerging on the summit of Chick Hill. There a communication tower near the summit, but the best views are just to the south of the summit at the top of the cliff. A dirt road goes to the summit from the trailhead, but this was in very rough shape when I was there. This may be a good place to see a sunrise, but I visited in midday.

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