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 Mt.'s Battie, Megunticook, and Ledges. Camden Hills 5/21/16 
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 Mt.'s Battie, Megunticook, and Ledges. Camden Hills 5/21/16
Been thinking about making a day trip to Camden Hills State Park for the last
month or so. I figured with the weather last Saturday I'd better do it before the
official start of tourist season. Which I assume will be this weekend. Never having
been there, coming up with a good hike length wise to make the drive worth it was
shot in the dark. Could not find one of GG's summer reports on the place.

So what I came up with was Mt Battie, Maiden Cliff, Zekes Lookout, and Mt Megenticook's
Ocean Lookout. Never made it to Maiden Cliff or Zekes Lookout. Since this turned out to
be a PUD fest and pretty hot. I did, on the way to Maiden Cliff, hit a spot labled on
my Garmin maps as Millerite Ledges which was good enough.

This turned out to be about 9 miles and 2700' of gain which was surprising.

I started at the Mt Battie Trail and did a steep climb up to Mt Battie. I was hoping that a
road that goes up it was not open until Memorial Weekend so it wouldn't be crowded.
Their wasn't a sole when I arrived. A car did drive up just as I was leaving.
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So up the tower I went.
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And saw this.
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Megunticook.
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From the summit I'd be taking the Tablelands Trail to the Jack Williams Trail.
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The Tablelands Trail Crosses the auto-road about .2 or 3 miles, by the road, from
the summit of Mt Battie. There was a parking lot there. Had I known that, I would have
parked there. I could have change the hike a bit not having to re-climb Battie and get
back down to where I did park.

This lot,
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Was right here.
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Next up was 1.6 miles of pretty much nothing on the Jack Williams Trail. It basically parallels
the Ridge Trail about 400' below. At one point I could see some open ledge with a person up there
that I thought was the Ridge Trail.
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As it turned out, where that person was, was just an extension of the ledges on Megunticook
that is the Ocean Lookout. I think you'd have to know the place to get where she was.

I finally made it to the end of the Jack Williams trail. And was not pleased at how
much further I had to go.
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There were several outlooks along the way.
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At this junction it was decision making time.
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There were to routes to get to Maiden Cliff and both would be just under a mile.
But what I could see on the map, it would also be a significant elevation loss and gain.
No thanks. I did drop down a bit on the Ridge Trail towards the Maiden Cliff Tr. to this.
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I decided to head out to the height of land on the Scenic Trail to what my GPS
was calling Millerite Ledges. This is it. I know. A lot like the last photo.
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This was my lunch and R&R spot. 8)
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Time to speed things along. I headed back on the Ridge Trail for Zekes Trail to
Zekes Lookout. When I got there, I saw it was going to be a 1 mile RT and said the
heck with that too. I was pretty beat from the heat and was going through my liquids
like crazy. I really wanted to go there because I knew I'd get a different view
perspective than I gotten to this point. So I just forged on to the Ocean Lookout on
Megunticook and more of the same.
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Now it was just a matter of down Megunticook, up Battie, then down to where
I was parked. :(

Take-aways. I wished I done a better job of planning to maximize my views. As
I also skipped Adams Lookout do to fatigue and what I still had to do. Like I said,
parking in that lot on the road would have helped.

Conclusion, too much of the same view for the 6 hour drive. Plan better next time.

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Mon May 23, 2016 10:56 am
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 Re: Mt.'s Battie, Megunticook, and Ledges. Camden Hills 5/21
Uh oh. Not worth the drive? You going to vote this one off the 202 with a view?! :D

Looks like you saw a good chunk of the best in the Camden Hills State Park proper, but there are a lot of other nice hikes you can do hit and runs on that are part of the Hills and just not in the park like Bald, Ragged and Spruce. Bald Rock is another good view in the park of the other direction, but it's at the other end of the park and a long day to connect it and Battie in one hike. Maidens Cliff is a nice spot and worth the effort IMO but similar to the views along the Scenic Trail. Of course a nice little loop of just the cliff and Scenic trail can be done by themselves also.

As fo the reports this could be the one you were looking for...

http://forum.hike-nh.com/viewtopic.php?t=6789

...or this...

http://forum.hike-nh.com/viewtopic.php?t=7585

...maybe this :D ...

http://forum.hike-nh.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8085

And Zekes is pretty overgrown sadly, as you can see here...

http://forum.hike-nh.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=8960

There's other reports too. It's a bummer the search feature doesn't work here anymore. I have to use google and do a hike-nh specific search to find anything I'm looking for here these days.


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That's funny. I basically did the same hike as your first link, the one I was really trying to find.
All I could come up with was the one with Gibba and the Looking for Gold. Glad to see Zekes Lookout
wasn't all that great. But on G.E. it looks wide open. And I'm sure Maiden Cliff is worth the effort, I
just didn't have that much more downs and ups, plus mileage in me. As it was I polished off
3.5 liters before I was done. But I guess it wasn't all that bad. :wink:

I'll do a long weekend there with Becky sometime. :)

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 Re: Mt.'s Battie, Megunticook, and Ledges. Camden Hills 5/21
I may have joined you if I had not gotten your text message 40 minutes into my drive north already. You need to be a bit more advanced with your notice if you wish me to partake. :lol:

Brian

P.S. Your overdoing your HDR in some photos. Haloing is not a good thing. :wink:


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New Hampshire wrote:
I may have joined you if I had not gotten your text message 40 minutes into my drive north already. You need to be a bit more advanced with your notice if you wish me to partake. :lol:

Brian

P.S. Your overdoing your HDR in some photos. Haloing is not a good thing. :wink:


You need to look at your phone more often. Text was sent at 5 Friday night. And I like halos. 8)

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JustJoe wrote:
You need to look at your phone more often. Text was sent at 5 Friday night.


Hey, you have known full well I turn the phone off when I leave work. :beer: You know the alternate contact resource. :twisted:


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Well it still looks like a pretty good trip to me...has a bit of an Acadia feel to it from what I can see...

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