I left Portland under sunny skies at about 6:20 in the morning, destination, Baxter. After a stopover in Newport for breakfast with a good friend, I was in the park by 11:30, headed north on the park tote road at 20 miles per. Nesowadnehunk bound!. Impressive views of what I was about to climb, towered above me as I wound my way along the road, glimpsing it rising above the road as I came around corners. I checked into my site, a nice little lean-to set off in the bushes, then headed past the ranger station, and up the trail.
The Doubletop Mountain Trail starts off innocuous enough, pretty woods, and a smooth, soft trail. This persists, with only a couple rocky sections, until about a mile in, you reach Doubletop Brook, which is where the fun begins.
The trail becomes rocky, and full of roots as you climb away from the brook, and it went on like this for what felt like quite some time. Lack of decent sleep, the 5+ hour drive, and the heat of the day took their toll on this section, and I felt like I was crawling up the mountain at times. The reprieve came, however briefly, as the trail leveled out for a bit, with a gravely footbed. It then continued steeply to the summit.
|Old sign, after the first steep section|
|Steeps on Doubletop Mountain Trail|
At the summit, I was greeted with spectacular views in all directions. Across the Nesowadnehunk to the Brothers, Coe, and OJI, over to Barren, The Owl, Katahdin, and the Traveler off in the distance. Equally impressive were the views to the South and West.
|The Brothers from North Peak|
|Coe and OJI (front), Barren and The Owl (middle), Hamlin, Pamola, Baxter (back)|
|Looking South down the Nesowadnehunk|
|The Traveler in the distance|
|Looking down from South Peak|
After going out and back to the South Peak, I lounged around on North Peak for a while, chatting with a couple from New York. Once I had my fill, I worked my way uneventfully back down the trail.
I loaded up some wood into the car, and drove over to my lean-to, started a fire, cooked dinner after a fashion, and was ready to sleep before the light was out of the sky... that's unusual for sure. My only company were rabbits and chipmunks, the neighbors at the nearby sites were quiet. Tomorrow will be challenging, as back to back hiking days aren't something I usually experience.
|It's just a rabbit...|
|A sliver of moon|
Alarm went off, I went back to sleep. I eventually got up at about 6:30. Thought ahead and made "iced" coffee (a relative term when camping, see: cold coffee), and had a cold breakfast, which I ate in the Marston Trail parking lot. Part of a trail crew arrived while I was eating, and headed up to do some work on the Mt. Coe Trail, I'd run into them later..
|Doubletop, a nice breakfast view for sure|
|Nice rock work on Marston Trail|
|View from near the base of the slide|
|Top of the slide|
|Slide down into the Klondike|
|The Owl and Barren nestled up against Katahdin|
|Lenticular clouds forming over Katahdin|
|Fir waves on the Brothers|
|Lenticulars over Katahdin|
|Mt. Coe Trail leaving Mt. Coe|
|Mt. Coe Trail|
|Coe from South Brother|
|North Brother from South Brother|
|Northwest Basin from South Brother|
|Along Marston Trail|
|Along Marston Trail|
|Doubletop from Marston Trail|
|South Brother from Marston Trail|
|At one end of the pond|