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Mt. Abraham, ME
Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking down the Mt. Abraham Trail
Route: Rapid Stream Road, Mt. Abraham Trail, (Mt. Abraham), Mt. Abraham Trail, Rapid Stream Road
With minimal snow in the lower elevations and a nice forecast, we decided to head up and hike Mt. Abraham. While we had planned to hike the entire 3.5+ mile roadwalk to the summer trailhead, we were able to drive to perhaps within a mile of it, thanks to only 2" of snow being on the road.
After a brief roadwalk, we hopped onto the Mt. Abraham Firewarden's Trail. The first portion of this had minimal snowcover, which made navigating the rocky portions tricky with snowshoes. The trail was well blazed, though, and portions of it had new reroutes onto smoother terrain.
After crossing a logging road, we continued on the gradual second portion of the trail, stopping at the slowly collapsing cabin for a break. Thereafter, snow depths increased on the third portion of the trail, with unbroken trail snow depths closer to a foot.
Eventually clearing treeline after the steep climb, we donned winter gear to deal with cold, brisk winds. This fourth portion of the trail had minimal snow in the rocky areas, however we kept our snowshoes on due to deep drifts in scrub patches. Extra care had to be taken in navigating this area, as many of the small cairns were already burried.
Reaching the summit, we had tremendous views, ranging from the Whites to Baxter State Park. After a quick lunch break in an area out of the wind, we snowshoed back to the cabin, then switched to Microspikes for the balance of the walk back to Rapid Stream Road.
While perhaps a much easier winter ascent of Mt. Abraham than compared to what it could be in January and February, it was still a longer, more strenuous hike than compared to the summer.
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The Mt. Abraham Trail trailhead
Looking up the Mt. Abraham Trail
Looking southeast at the Mt. Abraham ridge from the summit
Directions to trailhead: Take Route 27 North to Kingfield. After passing the Route 142 junction and crossing a bridge, take the second left onto West Kingfield Road. Continue on this road, going straight through junctions. It will soon become Rapid Stream Road, which is dirt. In winter, this road may be plowed partway to the summer trailhead. A few miles up the road, there will be a four way intersection. Take a left, cross two wood bridges, then bear right at the next junction. Continue up this road, which will soon come to a crossroad, with the The Firewarden's Trail trailhead directly ahead.
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