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Sunday, November 3, 2013

11/2/13 Eagle Bluff and Fitts Pond

We have tried to find the trail to Eagle Bluff several times over the past few years, but always from the scout camp in Eddington, and never succeeded. We found directions to a different trail head today and were successful. From Rte. 9 we turned onto Rte. 180 and drove 2.5 miles to a trail head on the left.



There were "no trespassing' signs but we decided to proceed anyway. ( we later talked to some people we met on the trail and they said they thought the signs  were directed at hunters) . When we came to a fork we took the left with the idea of returning for the right later


Off to the left as we climb


The top is open ledges with very nice views.






A little exploring revealed a trail that seemed to head down but we did not know where it went so returned the way we had come to the fork mentioned previously. ( there is some flagging  but no signs on any kind on the trails)

Back at the fork we took the other trail and met some nice  people who told us about the trespassing signs. They had gone up the same way we had but took the trail down that we had seen and said it made a loop.


As we climbed a bit we got closer to the base of the bluff.


There were also side trails that led to the actual face with nowhere to go but up


More pictures of the face and trails






This trail had some harder places for Kelley and we eventually reached a spot she could not get over and we turned back.

This trail had no water for Kelley to get into ( I carry drinking water) so we went to nearby Fitts Pond so she could have a swim.


After a swim we walked a part of the trail that circles the pond




We stopped here for lunch and then turned back


Yesterday was rainy but today was beautiful- upper 50's and sun- shirt sleeve hiking again. The bluff hike took us 1  3/4 hours and the pond only 3/4 of an hour.

12 comments:

  1. Wow - gorgeous views! Looks like a great sunny day too. I see there's still some fall leaves hanging on. Ours are all past peak and starting to fall.

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    1. Thanks Linda- It was a beautiful fall day- more leaves here than most places.

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  2. I'm not crazy about heights..would have stuck to the pond trail for sure..pretty area..

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    1. Thanks for commenting, penbayman- it is pretty

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  3. I loved those rock faces - looks like a fun place to hike.

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  4. Thanks for comment, Kim- it especially nice finally finding it.

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  5. The pictures of the bluffs remind me of the time we hiked out on one that turned into holding on to brass rings to keep from falling to your death--once out there I told you I was afraid of heights---it was either keep moving or live the rest of your days out there--still get cold chills! Brother Tom

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  6. Hi Tom- thanks for commenting- I remember that hike- sounds like you and penbayman have something in common.

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  7. It was great meeting you both on the Eagles Bluff trail on Nov 2. We really enjoyed our hike and talking with you. It was a great day to be out and enjoying nature.
    Wendy

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Wendy - it was a beautiful day and I enjoyed talking with y'all too.

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  8. My stomping grounds. My dad has a camp below the Base of Eagle Bluff forwards the Bangor Water District land. My dad leases the land from Mountanie Pond Club. I walked the Blaze trail from the top of Eagle Bluff to the Mountanie Pond Club which I'd 2.5 miles one way. Awesome area and hiked many times in the past the road past camp and the roads that goes off the road past camp. That area is so remote since the Bangor Water District land is on the other side of the camp which is on the Mountanie Pond Club Land that all around the Bangor Water District land is locked gates. In that whole area besides the Mountanie Pond Club there are only 2 other camps in that remote area. 1. My dad's camp, 2. People me and my dad knows camp (they own their own land next to where my dad's camp is). I love that place. Anyone want info about history of that land or whatever else let me know.

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    1. Thanks for commenting and the info, Carl

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