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Posted: 10/17/12 07:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have wanted to get up to the NMW around Moose Head Lake and the Golden Road for some time now . Finally the stars aligned and as luck would have it my youngest daughter had some time off . We have been camping partners since the days I carried her on day hikes in a back pack . Here we are about to leave for a four day jaunt .Notice how the guy's are impatient to get going .

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DD 80lb puppy , Mason
My little girl Molly is not happy being left behind ( reg cab )

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Heading north through Franconia Notch State Park just 15 miles north of home( the only 2 lane interstate )

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Five hours later we crested the hill and were overlooking the town of Greenville ME at the southern tip of Moosehead Lake We stopped at the public pier and had a late lunch . Greenville is still a nice little town and not too spoiled by tourist yet .

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From Greenville we traveled up the east side of Moosehead Lake till we hit the Golden Road which runs east to west from Millinocket to Quebec Ca . Most of these are private roads owned by the logging companies. ATV's , horses and motor cycles are prohibited , however there are some trails for ATV's
Took a left on the Golden Road to the Telos Road and headed north again . Baxter State park is now on our right to the east . Located a remote camp site on Harrington Lake using the Delorme Gazetteer , which was just before the checkpoint for the NMW . There is now a charge for the NMW , $10 day use and $10 camping , per person , a little steep for no facilities , but I was on a mission . The camp site had room for 5 or 6 but only one site was occupied . I was just about to get out and ask if they minded if we invaded their space when one of the old guy's yelled out " LET THE DOG OUT " , My DD said " I guess we found our campsite . It turned out that Sandy and Lou , 69 and 82 respectively , had been coming to this particular spot for 30 years and loved company . After having a bit to eat and walking Mason and letting him have a swim we came over to their campfire to , as Sandy said , swat flies and swop lies .

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The next morning we headed north again towards our mission .

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We stopped at the Ranger Station at the beginning of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway on Telos Lake

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Now for the mission , find the trains . We had to find the spur roads that branched off the Telos Road

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At this point we had to find a pull out as the branches were closing in fast . We walked less than 200 yards before the road disappeared . We found a foot path off to the left and tried that . About 1-1/2 miles in this is what we found .

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All this old iron is on the shores of Eagle Lake which is part of the Allagash Wilderness Waterway . We spent most of the day here and enjoyed lunch and poking around . We were pleasantly surprised at how little graffiti and vandalism there was . The broken prop in the pic measured 32" .We decided to get outside the NMW boundary to camp to save the fees , plus quite frankly it doesn't look much different in the whole region . On the way out we had to wait for the loggers to take a break to get by . It was fascinating watching how efficient they worked .

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Heading south to find a campsite we came across this .

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Just outside the checkpoint we found a campsite on Caucomgomac Lake . It must have some good fishing as there were a dozen boats the locals had chained to trees . The only other camper there was a couple from Maine in a TC . Here we are having our truck talk , we had the same make and year .

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Mason helping the leveling operation
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The next morning we headed south , our next destination was the Pittston Farm on the west side of Seboomook Lake . When we hit the Golden Road again we headed west . One of our goals was to completely circumnavigate Moosehead Lake . The Pittston Farm is completely off the grid ,they generate their own power with diesel generators and solar . It is still a working farm , with guest accommodations , a public dining room and a campground . We really wanted to try their home made ice cream but somehow missed it .

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We were on a tight schedule so we had to move out . Next stop was the Birches Resort . Just something that was on the map and I wanted to check out . Looks like a nice get-a-way . There was a main lodge and dining room and a number of cottages . This is all set on the shores of Moosehead Lake .

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Just below the Birches we came out to Route 6 in the town of Rockwood , our first pavement in 300 miles .

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Heading south on 6 back to Greenvile to complete the circle . We stopped for a late lunch at the marina , AGAIN .
Mason was not happy with the duck teasing him. Several seaplanes were moored here .

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After lunch we headed west out of town on the Katahdin iron works road . Our next stop tomorrow morning was to be Gulf Hagas , known also as the. Grand Cannon of Maine . Since this is another fee area run by AMC we opted to find a campsite before the gate so we would just pay for the day use . We found a spot on Rum Pond . The road must have been wiped out with last years flood because it was all new .

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The boat access was a walk in , meaning you cannot drive to the pond . I have never seen so many boats tied to trees , they were spread out 100 feet in both directions .

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We got an early start for the Gulf Hagas as we only had till noon before starting the long drive home . Unfortunately we didn't get to see much . We hiked in about 3 or 4 mile but did not see any of the cutoffs to access any of the falls or gorges . The maps they handed out were very poor and the trail was not marked . If we had more time I'm sure we could have found them . About a 100 yards in we had to cross the river .

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So even though we were disappointed we had a nice walk on a beautiful morning . Continuing on we stopped at what is left of the Katahdin Iron Works .

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These logging trucks are 10 ft. wide thus the many warnings to pull over and yield the right of way

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And this is where many of them are headed .

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Crossing back over into Gorham NH , I never get tired of the White Mountains and the Presidential Range .

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Hope you all enjoyed the trip , we sure did . Since then my little Miss became a Mrs. , so it was especially meaningful for me .

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Posted: 10/17/12 08:07pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Very nice. We love Maine but haven't been in quite a few years. Hope you two are up to date on your tetanus shots climbing around on those cool old steam engines.
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Posted: 10/17/12 08:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Great!


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Posted: 10/17/12 08:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Posted: 10/17/12 08:14pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for a great trip report. Super bunch of photos, and really liked the old locomotives and the story behind them.

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Nice trip report and I'm totally jealous of both the adventure and your nice Avion. Danged I'd like to have one of them someday!


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Cool trip and enjoyed the trains and grown over trackage. Nice photos and congratulations to the new MRS!


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great trip and pics.....thanks for sharing them....


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Posted: 10/17/12 09:46pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wow. Love it. Thats my kind of trip, nature mixed with some history. It amazes me what people left behind years ago. Thanks for sharing.


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Thanks for a super trip report. Very nice Avion sitting on the flat bed.


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