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Albany Mountain
Albany, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up the Albany Mountain Trail
Looking up the Albany Mountain Trail

Route: Albany Notch Trail, Albany Mountain Trail, herd path, (Albany Mountain), herd path, Albany Mountain Trail, Albany Notch Trail

Upon seeing the forest roads leading to the trailhead had opened, I opted to head to the eastern portion of the White Mountain National Foreast and hike Albany Mountain.

After a short walk up the Albany Notch Trail, I hit a flooded area. Looking around, the best way to cross was along the top of a beaver dam, then bushwhacking back to the trail. A bit odd, but doable nonetheless.

Shortly thereafter, I took a left onto the Albany Mountain Trail and worked my way up the moderate grade. Shortly after passing the junction for a spur back down to the notch, the trail opened up into some nice, scenic ledges.

After hitting the highpoint, I followed some cairns west and south to some dramatic ledges, looking at the Whites and southern Maine. Certainly one of the best views in the eastern Whites.

While the blackflies were out down low, they weren't too bad in the windy upper elevations. Not a bad day for a hike.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, May 3, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:53 PM
Parking Elevation: 880'
Destination: Albany Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:53 PM
Summit Reached: 5:46 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:53
Trailhead Elevation: 880'
Summit Elevation: 1,930'
Vertical Gain: 1,120'
Hike Ended: 6:58 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:05
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,290'


The Albany Notch Trail trailhead
The Albany Notch Trail trailhead

A wildflower near the summit of Albany Mountain
A wildflower near the summit of Albany Mountain

Looking toward Pleasant Mountain (left) from the southern ledges of Albany Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking toward Pleasant Mountain (left) from the southern ledges of Albany Mountain

Topographic map of Albany Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 5 north from Lovell. A few minutes north of the Route 5-35 junction, take a left onto Patte Brook Road. A few minutes later, take a left onto Forest Road 18 (sign for the campground). The Albany Notch Trail parking lot and trailhead will be on the right a few minutes thereafter.

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