Sugarloaf and Spaulding

Hiked Sugarloaf and Spaulding in Maine on 7/19/2018 on another bright sunny day with not too hot temperatures. It was another long drive to get here. I parked at the ski area and started up one of the not so steep novice trails but took a wrong turn somewhere and ended up on an expert trail that was quite steep. There were good views from the trails and also from the summit.

Looking at North and South Crocker from the ski trail
Looking north and east from the summit

I had some trouble on the summit of Sugarloaf finding the short trail that would take me down to the AT so I could go over to Spaulding. I finally found it, there was no sign and a very small cairn and a little way down a blue blaze. I got to the AT and turned south for the 2.1 miles over to Spaulding. It was a very nice section of trail with a few short ups and downs and for the most part a smooth footbed. There was a plaque honoring the CCC workers who finished the final section of the AT.

CCC plaque

The summit of Spaulding was wooded with no views so I went back down to the AT to eat my PBJ. A thruhiker who was headed south stopped for a few minutes. When I asked him where he was going to spend the night he said he was going to go another 10 miles. I don’t think there was a shelter in 10 miles so maybe he was going to camp in a tent. After eating I headed back north and climbed up Sugarloaf again and then down a much less steep trail, it was better on the knees. On the short trail up to the summit there were some flowers that I haven’t identified yet and there were lots of flowers on the ski trail that I took back to the parking area.

Unidentified flower with a bee
Flowers on ski trail

Made it back to the car and drove home with a stop at Burger King. Only 8 peaks left to finish the New England 100 Highest.

Mt. Abraham

Hiked Mt. Abraham in Maine on 6/16/2018 on a bright sunny day with cool temperatures. It was a long drive up from home plus finding my way on dirt roads and one turn I wasn’t sure of, but I got there.

Sign at trailhead

The first 1.8 miles of the trail gains some elevation but very gently so it’s pretty easy to walk. After the old campsite the trail really starts to go up and when you reach the treeline there is a rocky slope that will really slow you down.

Toad just before treeline
Labrador Tea
Steep rocky slope

After the rocky slope it flattens out a bit but still is uphill all the way to the summit. There is a small emergency shelter just below the summit but I wouldn’t want to spend much time in it, it’s pretty cramped. Lots of good views from the summit and a trail that leads 1.7 miles over to the Appalachian trail. I ate my PBJ at the summit.

Summit of Abraham
Looking north toward Sugarloaf
Looking east, note the roof of the emergency shelter

There was lots of Mountain Cranberry growing on the summit.

Mountain Cranberry

After lunch and resting and taking pictures I started down and found a few woodland flowers.

Clintonia or Bluebead Lily

Made it back to the car and started the long drive home. Only 10 peaks left to finish the New England 100 Highest.