Showing posts from May, 2010

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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Lead Mountain, ME

Dates: May-July 2010
Summit elevation: 1475 ft (450 m)
Elevation gain: ~700 ft (213 m)
Distance: ~1 mi (1.6 km) one way
Location: Beddington, Maine

Lead Mountain is a small, yet fairly isolated mountain in eastern Maine near the community of Beddington along state route 9.  The mountain is the location of the Bear Brook Watershed, which is an experimental watershed that is a part of a long-term acidification study.

To get to the parking area at the base of the mountain you must take the unmarked dirt road off the north side of route 9 just west the bridge across the river and about a mile east of the intersection with route 193.  Just off route 9 this road passes a forest fire station.  Immediately past the fire station on the dirt road turn left and follow the road until you reach the gate.  The mountain is fairly prominent when coming from the west and south.

From the gate walk the dirt road up to the base of the experimental watershed.  Before you reach the first weir follow the t…

High Point, NJ

Location: Sussex County, New Jersey
Elevation: 1,803 feet
Date: May 7, 2010

High Point is, as you would expect, the highest point in New Jersey. The summit is easily accessible as there is a road that goes nearly to the summit. From the parking lot it is only a 450 foot walk on a paved path to the summit. At the summit is a 220-foot tall obelisk that was built in 1930. There are good views to the northwest and southeast, but not so much to the north and south, as High Point is on a ridge that runs northeast to southwest. A lake with recreation facilities is located just below the summit at an elevation of about 1,570 feet.

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