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Big Spencer Mountain
T2 R3 Wels, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The upper Big Spencer Mountain Trail
The upper Big Spencer Mountain Trail

Route: Big Spencer Mountain Trail, bushwhack

Trail was a bit wet and slippery due to previous afternoon's rain. Somewhat moderate ATV road walk up to the site of the old fire warden's cabin, then relentlessly steep up to the ridge, with a few short wooden ladders.

Nice views from the ridge at the top of the trail, though lots of communications equipment and solar panels take away from the feel a bit. A new installation southwest of the old fire tower was particularly interesting, as a large plot was literally burned (looks like a swath was cut first), then a new set of panels and towers constructed.

From there, we bushwhacked southwest in less than savory spruce, eventually reaching the recognized highpoint. A quick read of the register, as well as a look from a nearby ledge, revealed that this is not the highpoint. Rather, it was perhaps another 2/10ths further southwest through more unsavory woods (some nice short mossy stretches, but lots of spruce and random little cliffbands...not the worst ever, but certainly not open woods). Stopped at what seemed to be the highest point (which after the fact looks like it corresponds with the highpoint on the USGS map), then bushwhacked over to a small, but nice view ledge.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, August 17, 2013
Parking Elevation: 1,360'
Destination: Big Spencer Mountain
Time Elapsed: 01:59
Trailhead Elevation: 1,360'
Summit Elevation: 3,206'
Vertical Gain: 1,996'
Hike Time Elapsed: 04:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 2,146'

The Big Spencer Mountain Trail trailhead
The Big Spencer Mountain Trail trailhead

Mt. Katahdin as seen from near the summit of Big Spencer Mountain - Click to enlarge
Mt. Katahdin as seen from near the summit of Big Spencer Mountain

Topographic map of Big Spencer Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Greenville, take Lily Bay Road northeast (eventually becoming Baxter State Park Road). Take a left onto Spencer Mountain Road. The Big Spencer Mountain Trail trailhead and parking area will eventually be on the left. The road may be somewhat rough in places with possible beaver flooding.

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