|Hiking Trail Conditions Report|
||Burnt Hill (Highland Plantation), ME|
|Date of Hike:
||Sunday, September 22, 2019|
|Parking/Access Road Notes:
||I drove in Sandy Stream road from the southwest. I was disappointed to not make it much past the 1st house due to road quality. Even if you could drive in, the road is posted against after a short distance and gated beyond that. This resulted in a road walk of a couples miles each way. |
||Dry Trail |
|Water Crossing Notes:
||No problem rock hopping Sandy Stream. |
|Trail Maintenance Notes:
|Lost and Found:
||This is the 2,241 Burnt Hill, which is very prominent. |
I followed the road. I passed some hikers returning from "the ledges" though I was disappointed to never find the ledges, nor the trail they used. Southwest of the peak, I crossed the river and started up the steep slope. Lower woods consisted of regrowth and some more open going. Higher up I hit some very thick everygreens and lots of blowdown on the steep slope. This made for slow going and perhaps some of the hardest bushwhacking I've encountered under 2,400 feet. The highpoint is recognized. I found a better route by moving a bit north for the decent. I looked for the ledges, but never did find them. I wish I had asked the locals I had run into for more info. This proved a harder hike than expected. There are likely better ways in from 201, but since I had driven in, I went for it from the southwest.
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