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Paris, ME, Hebron, ME, Buckfield, ME
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Streaked Mountain Trail
Route: Streaked Mountain Trail
Ever since driving down Route 117 at sunset, I was very much interested in hiking Streaked Mountain. Thus, given the opportunity, I decided to check it out on a nice, warm pre-spring day.
Arriving at the trailhead, we quickly set foot up the fairly well packed trail with Microspikes. While the first portion of the trail was pretty bland (following a power line), it soon turned into the woods and then reached seemingly non-stop ledges. Though the trail is somewhat short, it provides quite a workout due to its steep pitch.
The ledgy summit was covered with communications towers, as well as a closed fire tower. Nonetheless, there were excellent views in all directions from various points, including a tremendous Presidential vista.
After checking out the various views, we headed down some snowmobile tracks to a southern knob, which provided similar views (albeit not in all directions) without the towers. The sunset was quite nice, setting into Mt. Monroe.
On our way back, we realized we had left some stuff behind at the south ledge, so we thus turned around and reascended. At this point there was still some color to the west, but perhaps more striking was the sight of all of the adajcent lit up areas (nearby towns, Shawnee Peak's ski trails) contrasting to almost complete darkness to points north.
Not a bad peak!
Getting To Trailhead:
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The Streaked Mountain Trail trailhead
Looking at Old Speck from Streaked Mountain
The sun setting into Mt. Monroe as seen from the south ledges of Streaked Mountain
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 117 northeast from South Paris. Take a right onto Streaked Mountain Road. Shortly after passing a cemetary on the left, there will be a power line ascending the mountain on the left. The trailhead is at the bottom of the powerline cut, with very limited space alongside the road for parking.
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