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Randall Mountain
Parsonsfield, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The grown in logging roads on the way to Randall Mountain
The grown in logging roads on the way to Randall Mountain

Route: Logging roads, bushwhack, herd path, (Randall Mountain), herd path, bushwhack, logging roads

With some thunderstorms approaching, I decided to head east and hike in the sunshine. Unfortunately, en route to finding a place to approach Randall Mountain, I ended up missing a turn or two due to missing road signs. I eventually made it to where I wanted to be - just in time for the rain.

Fortunately, the rain let up for a bit as I pushed through an overgrown logging road and up into open woods.

Just prior to reaching a subpeak, I found a nice herd path leading directly to the summit ledges. From the ledges, there were superb views to the south, ranging from points east of Ossipee Hill to some peaks in southwestern New Hampshire. While I also suspected I could find some views toward the White Mountains (perhaps better when the leaves are down), I opted to get moving, as I could hear thunder in the distance. After continuing east a bit to make sure I was indeed at the summit, I doubled back and followed the herd path until it disappeared at a steep area. From there, I cut back toward where I had ascended, taking a different grown in logging road back.

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

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, August 9, 2010
Hike Commenced: 4:32 PM
Parking Elevation: 680'
Destination: Randall Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:32 PM
Summit Reached: 4:53 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:21
Trailhead Elevation: 685'
Summit Elevation: 1,110'
Vertical Gain: 430'
Hike Ended: 5:32 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 01:00
Hike Vertical Gain: 440'

The beginning of the logging road off Maplecrest Road
The beginning of the logging road off Maplecrest Road

Allegheny Monkey-flower along a logging road
Allegheny Monkey-flower along a logging road

Looking at Ossipee Hill from Randall Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Ossipee Hill from Randall Mountain

Topographic map of Randall Mountain

Directions to trailhead: From Effingham, NH, take Plantation Road southeast, which becomes Middle Road in Maine. Awhile later, bear left (straight) at the Hasty Road junction to remain on Middle Road. Awhile later, continue straight as Merrill Hill Road joins from the left. A few minutes thereafter, take a left to stay on Middle Road (no sign in August 2010) as the main drag (Moulton Hill Road) heads right. Eventually passing Cross Road on the right, Middle Road takes a sharp left turn uphill and becomes Maplecrest Road. The boulder-blocked logging road will be on the right shortly thereafter. There is limited room to park on the side of the road.

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