Mosquito Mountain is one of my favorite hikes in the Caratunk/West Forks area. It is a pretty short hike (3 miles round trip) marked by flagging and fading paw print trail markers.
The trail head can be tough to find if you are not familiar with the area (there is no sign), but there is this teeny little parking area on the right about 1.9 miles down the Moxie Pond Road.
Send me a message if you are in the area and want directions, it is much easier than me trying to explain it here.
Anyway what was fun about this hike was that it was Porter’s first mountain hike.
Actually, I use the term “hike” very lightly, most of his day was spent like this:
As you approach the summit there are these awesome HUGE ledges that you can climb up, around, and into. I made Porter stay down when I climbed up one and he wasn’t happy.
As you can see, it was a gorgeous day, and the hike to the top was pretty uneventful. We spent about an hour at the first overlook taking pictures.
We all had a snack and walked over to the second overlook. Many people miss this one, if you don’t know the trail it is easy to miss one or the other depending on where you happen to be paying attention as you are hiking. This second overlook provides some really nice views to the north and west.
We finally decided to start heading back down, it was so nice to have the mountain to ourselves. Here are a few shots from the way down.
It was a fun way to spend the morning.
Before I sign off, I want to wish some people GOOD LUCK in their upcoming races!
- Kristin, Matty-O , Heather, Jeff, Laura, Mary, Rachelle, Ben, Anne-Marie, Janet, Meredith, Rachelle – AND all the rest of my Trakker Teammates (that is a lot of linking to do!) I wish you the best of luck tomorrow at Rev3 Cedar Point Half and Full! You are all strong and ready, I am sorry I can’t be there to cheer you all on!
- Kevin & Alexa best of luck at IMOO (IMWI)! You guys are going to rock it, you have both trained so hard and are READY!
- Colleen – thinking of you and hope that you heal quickly – you are going to come back from this stronger than ever, I PROMISE! Have fun cheering the blogger crew on at Rev3 Cedar Point.
- If I forgot someone, I am sorry!! I am cheering for you too! Honest!