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    Scott Yonts added Signepole Mountain

    3 months ago

    Scott Yonts reviewed Hall Pond and Singepole Mountain Trail

    3 months ago

    A nice hike if you're looking for something quick but worthwhile. The hike is logically divided into three sections: The first, along the pond, is almost entirely flat. After the pond you head straight uphill for 15-20 minutes of solid climbing until you emerge onto the exposed rock and excellent views of the pond and surrounding region. Then it's a gently undulating route to the "summit," although it's a little unclear where the exact summit is. There is a rock cairn, but it's neither on the highest point, nor the point where Garmin thinks the summit should be (which also is not the highest point). I looked around on what appeared to be the high ground for a USGS marker, but with no luck. There were abundant wild blueberries when I did the trail (late July). Note that there are a few crisscrossing and intersecting trails, making it quite easy to get off track, even in the summertime, so pay attention. I was glad to have my GPS with me so I could tell which fork to follow. And for what it's worth, my GPS registered 2.9 miles total, up and back.

    Scott Yonts reviewed Tumbledown Pond via Parker Ridge

    4 months ago

    Quite possibly my favorite hiking route in Maine, though there are several good options for appreciating Tumbledown! I like this route, using the Little Jackson Connector and the Parker Ridge Trail to ascend to the pond, because it's a much (much!) less-trafficked route than going up the Brook Trail. (Tumbledown is one of the more popular hiking destinations in Maine. It also allows you to do a longer hike and make a loop out of it. Plus, and this is the real highlight, the view of the Tumbledown summit and pond as you cross Parker Ridge are unbeatable. I do this route at least once a season, and it's equally spectacular in the summer or the fall. This isn't necessarily a good route for a novice, but if I have visitors from away who are competent on a trail, this is where I take them to wow them.

    Scott Yonts completed Tumbledown Brook Trail

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed Burnt MountainTrail

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed West Fork Trail

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed Taranaki Falls Loop

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed Caribou Mountain

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts followed Michael Klein

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts followed Peter Walker

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed Diamond Hill Loop

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed Ragged Mountain Trail

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts reviewed Rota Vicentina - Fishermen's Trail

    4 months ago

    I hiked the Fishermen's Trail, which is part of the Rota Vicentina, over the course of four days. It's a pleasant long-distance hike hugging the Portuguese coast, with extensive ocean scenery and generally flat terrain. I think it would be a very approachable multi-day hike for beginners given the relatively undemanding terrain and very reasonable daily mileage. There are several small towns along the way, so you don't need to tent camp or worry about running out of provisions. I completed the trail in May and, in addition to very agreeable temperatures, this meant that there were abundant wildflowers along the trail and plenty of opportunities to view nesting sea birds and their young. The most challenging aspect of the trail was the fact that much of it is on a base of very soft sand, which requires significantly more effort from your legs than most other trail surfaces. Good sun protection is a must as the trail offers almost no shade at all. Most hikers travel north-to-south but there is nothing to prevent you from hiking in the opposite direction, which is what I did. The trail is exceptionally well-signed in either direction. It is not a heavily trafficked trail, but traveling south-to-north affords you even more solitude.

    Scott Yonts completed Hanging Rock Trail

    4 months ago

    Scott Yonts completed Salem Lake Trail

    4 months ago