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Coburn Mountain
Johnson Mountain, ME, Upper Enchanted, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down an old ski trail on the way to Coburn Mountain
Looking down an old ski trail on the way to Coburn Mountain

Route: Coburn Mountain Trail, snowmobile trail

AMC Maine Mountain Guide is already out of date on this one, as the base of Coburn/the old Enchanted Mountain ski area is being logged. From the old ski area parking lot (now a logging landing) at the junction of Judd and Enchanted Mountain roads, we continued north on Judd, past two foundations on the right, then parked at a split in the road, where Judd continued north, whilst a 4 wheeler road started to ascend.

We ascended the 4 wheeler road (an old ski trail) to the top of the ski area (a few random buildings), then followed a snowmobile trail a little bit further uphill, then took a right onto a footpath (blowdown obscuring the entrance). The foot path was quite steep, but not technical.

Excellent views from the observation tower. Some similar views available from the ground.

We then descended from the summit on the snowmobile trail, which initially heads southwest. There is a fork, where both ways end up rejoining (the right side is the more established). A bit more gradual, but it still leads back to the top of the ski area.

We were tempted to check out some other ATV trails for descent, but there's enough slash in the lower elevations that we opted to return via the same route.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Difficult
Destination: Coburn Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Friday, August 16, 2013
Parking Elevation: 2,424'
Destination: Coburn Mountain
Time Elapsed: 00:38
Trailhead Elevation: 2,424'
Summit Elevation: 3,717'
Distance: 2.1 miles
Vertical Gain: 1,293'
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:35
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,313'


The start of the ATV trail to Coburn Mountain
The start of the ATV trail to Coburn Mountain

The upper portion of the trail to Coburn Mountain
The upper portion of the trail to Coburn Mountain

Looking northwest over Grace Pond from the Coburn Mountain observation tower - Click to enlarge
Looking northwest over Grace Pond from the Coburn Mountain observation tower

Topographic map of Coburn Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Either Enchanted Mountain Road or Judd Road (unsigned, south of Enchanted Mountain Road) can be taken to access the base of the defunct Enchanted Mountain ski area, though both may be too rough for low clearance vehicles. From the four-way junction adjacent to the old ski area parking lot, continue north on Judd Road. A rocky ATV road (ie Coburn Mountain Trail) eventually heads uphill where Judd Road makes a right turn.

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