I’ve been working on the New England Hundred Highest list for a while, since finishing the New Hampshire and New England 4,000 footers back in 2011, and have always had wondered if I’d ever get to the Maine 6 Pack, as its known in peak bagging circles. I was invited to join a group of strong hikers that also wanted to tag them, and we settled on the first weekend in October. There was concerns about navigating the logging roads with passenger cars and we discussed renting an SUV, but in the end I thought my Impreza could handle it. I set off on the long drive to Stratton mid day on Friday, and arrived at our base camp, The White Wolf Inn, just about 7 hours later.
With only 2 days to hike, I knew it was going to be difficult, mentally and physically. We woke up Saturday at 5AM and headed out to Tim Pond Road. The road is in decent shape, my car was able to get to the trail head without issue. We set off on our hike, heading to White Cap, following an old ATV path, then a short bushwhack to the top. From there we retraced out steps down to the ATV path and re-entered the spruce to bushwhack out to Kennebago Divide. There was a faint herd path that got us up and back down to the ATV path, which brought us back to our cars. We had some snacks and set off for our next destination, Cupsuptic Snow.
|Avg Pace:||50:39 min/mi|
|Elevation Gain:||1,630 ft|