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 Midday and Sunset Ponds below Borestone Mountain

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.

Looking east from the lower summit

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.

Barren Mountain and Lake Onawa from the summit

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 summit include Barren Mountain and Lake Onawa.

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