Mileage: 3.9 miles (RT)
17.3 mi. - Kennebago River
17.7 mi. - R onto Wiggle Brook Rd.
18.9 mi. - bear R (Sol Brk. Rd. goes L)
20.5 mi. - Wiggle Brook Rd. turns sharply to the R
21.0 mi. - L turn at the "Triangle T-stop"
24.7 mi. - road goes L; sign on a tree, road marker "22" (we didn't see this sign but the road is obvious); turn left to drive .4 further and park.
|Parking on Road #22.|
|Left at this cairn on a big rock.|
|Heading up that first left turn.|
We went straight and continued to ascend the logging road, which curves to the left. We walked over a stream (culvert), and wound up at a large rectangular lot (like a messy dirt parking lot).
Here's where the rest of Damselfly's description differed as logging operations had changed the landscape.
|The big rectangle.|
|Arrow shows far right corner, go here.|
The well-established herd path in Damselfly's report is located up a small hill, accessed by entering an old clearing beginning at the far right corner of this rectangular lot. Head to this corner. (The herd path will veer to the left as you gain elevation, heading up the ridge to the summit.)
|Close-up far right corner of the rectangle (walk through this debris).|
To meet the herd path, walk over the logging slash/debris for about 50 feet (maybe less) and look to the left for an arrow and cairn.
Head left and then follow up through the ferns and debris/slash toward the trees.
|Head up toward the trees!|
There will be several cairns up by the trees.
|Cairns higher up that little hill lead you to the path.|
The herd path is more visible higher up. It's tricky to find it at the bottom as logging operations obliterated the lower portion of it. But if you head up from this point you should intercept the path.
On the ridge parts of the path may be hidden by large ferns.
|Keeping on the path in the ferns is tricky- area just below the canister.|
Hiked with Sarah and friends today as part of a weekend peak bagging adventure to do 3/6 pack in Stratton, Maine.
The six-pack refers to six New England Hundred Highest peaks clustered together just south of the Canadian border: Boundary Peak, Snow Chain of Ponds, Cupsuptic Snow, East Kennebago, North Kennebago Divide and White Cap.
Sarah was three away from completing her Hundred Highest list (needing just the Snows and E. Kennebago) and invited like-minded friends to traipse around logging roads, through woods and on ATV trails to reach these final peaks.
Cupsuptic Snow seemed the most labor intensive of the peaks so we put that one first, with plans to summit East Kennebago later in the day.
Logging operations had changed the landscape and we could not longer follow Beth's directions. Left to our own devices we bushwhacked up through old, messy clear cut corridors and finally intercepted the herd path on the ridge.
The corridors we took up were worse than bushwhacking through the woods as logging debris littered the ground, from bristly branches to angled, jutting dead trees. My GPS showed we were parallel to Beth's route, close to it as we ascended.
We popped out on the right side of the rectangle clearing in that messy old cut that obliterated the herd path, and quickly set up cairns and arrows to show the way for the next guy (mindful of the time, we had one more hike to do).
One hike down, two to go.