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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Elephant Mtn. - 3772 Ft

STATE: Maine
DESTINATION: Elephant Mountain
TRAIL: Elephant Mountain Rd. Bushwhack
DISTANCE: 1.15 Miles
HIKING TIME: 90 Minutes
SEASON: Mid-Summer
DATE: July 1, 2010
WEATHER: Hot, Humid, overcast

PARKING: From route 5 in Andover Me. turn onto South Arm Rd. Follow the 2 lane meandering road 10.0 miles to Old Country Rd.  Turn Right onto Old Country Rd. following it 0.45 miles to a fork.  Bear left and continue 0.65 Miles to Elephant Mtn. Rd on the right. Follow elephant Mtn. Rd. as far as you dare.  I found a clearing at 1.8 miles.

MAP: (Elephant Mtn.)


Walk East on Elephant Mtn. Rd 0.1 miles to a skidder path that forks to the left.  Follow the skidder path 0.25 miles where a small cairn marks the start of your bushwhack.  The bushwhack starts along a herd path which quickly becomes lost amongst the skidder tracks.  Don't worry of you lose the herd path, I encountered dozens of them as I continued following the path of least resistance crossing a plethora of skidder tracks and a plethora of short herd paths through a somewhat recently cleared section for 0.4 miles.  then the spruce became thicker as elevation increased for the final 0.3 mile pitch to the summit.


Road walk - skidder path = 0.1 miles
skidder path - cairn marking start of bushwhack = 0.25 miles
Bushwhack - summit = 0.7 miles.


Parking - Summit = 50 Minutes
Summit - Parking = 40 Minutes


Elephant Mtn. is number 98 on the AMC list of New England 100 highest mountains and a popular destination for peakbaggers. You may find some moderately steep sections and an occasional blow down but overall the bushwhack is relatively short and easy through tall spruce trees and ferns.  There is a PVC canister mounted to a tree at the summit.


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