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Starks Mountain
Fryeburg, ME

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking up a clear section near the top of the old T-Bar line
Looking up a clear section near the top of the old T-Bar line

Route: Bushwhack

After a very cold first half of the winter, I was somewhat glad to have warmer temperatures. While the day had started off in the 50s and sunny, clouds moved in as the end of my work day neared. Once in route to my destination, it started to sprinkle. Nonetheless, I wanted to get outside.

Arriving at the bottom of the old Stark's Hill ski area, I drove around the base area a bit, trying to find a good way to approach the hike (hoping to find a snowshoe track). Not finding anything obvious, I parked at the southernmost side of the plowed area and decided to go essentially straight up. This proved to work well, as I quickly found the bridge tower to the old T-Bar lift.

While there were lots of sapplings throughout, I was able to make a fairly easy line (in terms of vegetation) roughly following the old T-Bar. While the bottom and top were moderate in pitch, the middle portion of the ascent was somewhat steep. With the warm temperatures, I was sinking 1-2 feet, despite wearing snowshoes.

Though cloudy, the views from the summit were nonetheless decent- the Moats and Kearsarge North were on full display. After wandering around the summit tower area a bit, I decided to call it a day and backtrack down. While the weather wasn't perfect, the rain never picked up beyond a sprinkle.


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


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:06 PM
Parking Elevation: 470'
Destination: Starks Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:06 PM
Summit Reached: 4:36 PM
Time Elapsed: 00:30
Trailhead Elevation: 470'
Summit Elevation: 1,037'
Vertical Gain: 567'
Hike Ended: 5:03 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 00:57
Hike Vertical Gain: 567'


The bottom of the old T-Bar line up Starks Mountain
The bottom of the old T-Bar line up Starks Mountain

Looking at the Moats from Starks Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Moats from Starks Mountain

Topographic map of Starks Mountain


Directions to trailhead: Take 302 East from Center Conway. Just over the Maine border, take a right onto Haley Town. After crossing the railroad tracks, take an immediate left onto a dirt road. A few minutes down this road, it will split, then rejoin itself, at the site of the former Starks Hill ski area.

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