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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

10/24/11 Tunk Mountain

Supposed to be partly sunny but we got mostly clouds with brief glimpes of sun. We took the left fork of the Tunk Mountain loop thinking it was an easier hike than the other. There is a new sign saying that trail is no longer maintained. There are tape blazes on the trees so still easy to follow. It does not get the use of the other trail.

The first part was quite wet but then the trail began to climb and we were above the marshy area.

This was a steeper trail than I remembered but we have always done it from the other direction , going down. Kelley was able to able to find ways around the hard parts for her.

From the ridge there are very nice views and we met a woman and her dog which pleased Kelley

The trail down toward Mud Pond is steep and there was one spot I had to help Kelley ( she hates that). They are also working on this section and it is closed Tue. - Thur according to a tape across the trail. We later met the crew in the parking lot and all of them gave Kelley some attention.

We stopped at Mud Pond for lunch and then completed the loop back to our car.

Kelley seemed to handle the trails pretty well and it turned out to be a good hike. 3 1/4 hours


  1. Overcast light made for some nice muted colors. My favorite is the one with windswept trees and clouds atop the mountain.

  2. That looks like quite the hike. I've heard that the ponds offer some very good brook trout fishing. I'll have to give it a try next spring. Thanks for the post!

  3. Thanks for looking- don't know about the trout but have found a couple of boats tucked away on the shore.

  4. John, I've been reading your blog since late summer and I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy it. Your photography makes me envious :-) and Kelly is a delight. I'm glad to see a hiking blog that isn't all about climbing the highest hill the fastest!

  5. Hi Cindy

    Thanks for your kind comments. Kelley and I hike to enjoy ourselves ( and because she needs lots of exercise). She does love to be out on the trails. If you have ideas for hikes we haven't done we would love to hear them.

  6. John, I'm not familiar with your part of the state. If you ever want suggestions in Androscoggin County, let me know!

  7. Thank you Cindy, I will. That's a bit further than we usually travel but we could make a two day trip. If you decide to try our area and want suggestions we are here.


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