Snowshoeing. It’s where it’s at right now. At Camden Hills State Park, I enjoyed a quick loop up to one of the best lookouts around these parts- Bald Rock Mountain, elevating itself a mere eleven hundred feet above adjacent Penobscot Bay .
Here’s the map of the loop. I had originally planned to head out to Frohock Mountain, but that trail had not been broken out, and I wasn’t sure I had the time to head out there and back before dark. There is a lot of snow here. Several places in Maine broke the all time record for 10 day snowfall totals- approaching 6 feet. There is three to four feet of snow out here and it is still powdery.
Frohock is the hill just northeast of this loop. I would like to get out to Frohock, but want someone go with me so that we can take turns breaking trail. I just got this crazy idea to snowshoe all 27.5 miles of trails here.
I hiked right up the Multiuse Trail, then took a left a half mile out to veer toward Frohock. I made it all the way to up the summit of Bald Rock Mountain where no one had yet broken a trail from the lower lean-to up to the summit. Here’s the second (upper) lean-to, a place where folks like me can stay the night for a quick local adventure.
After I hit the shelter, I slogged up the steep granite ledge to the top, which was buried in snow today. I was alone, but had dozens of islands to communicate with from the top.
This hike is so good. After you take in the view, it’s really all of two complete miles of downhill to the Steven’s Corner parking lot. I like completing this hike in the late afternoon, when the sun is starting to set.
I plan to journey out to Frohock this coming Saturday morning at 8:30. If any one else wants to help me break trail to Frohoc before the next blizzard comes in Saturday afternoon with a foot or more of new powder, come on by.