Eagle Rock Hike

So my weekend update is a little late (dang work, gets in the way of all the fun stuff I want to do.)

So yeah…what did I do…Saturday I went to an awesome wedding (congratulations Laura & Charlie!) and I danced so much I think I gave myself whiplash.  Seriously, I was more sore the day after that wedding than I was after either of the two Ironman I did.

Maybe I dance a little like Elaine from Seinfeld.

Anyway, I had agreed with my friends that I would DEFINITELY go rafting the next day. 

Yeah…SO I got up on Sunday and it was clear and crisp…and ALL I could think about was hiking. 

So I bagged the river trip with friends in favor of hiking up to my favorite spot with Porter (I am not sure what this says about me…)

Anyway, half of the excitement is getting there, and there were lots of options on ways to go.  I decided to check out the condition of the VIP Road – one of the 3 or so dirt roads that connect The Forks area to the Greenville area. 

Road report: The VIP Road sucks, but it is totally possible with 4WD vehicle with good clearance.

IF you are looking for easy directions NOT requiring a 4WD (still on a dirt road though) click HERE.

Anyway, I was feeling pretty good about the time I saw this:

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View of “The Eagle” from the VIP road

Those rocks on the top?  THAT is Eagle Rock – it is said the two rocks resemble the wings of an eagle. 

…I guess so. 

Anyway, Eagle Rock is a large, bald outcropping atop Big Moose Mountain (2,350 ft), at the northwest end of the ridgeline.  The hike is 3 miles round trip.

If you are scared of  heights, you might not find this hike all that enjoyable – but the views from the top are spectacular!

Porter and I arrived at the trailhead and made our way to the top, passing a very nice couple along the way. 

I mention this because I worked to get ahead of them – the top is pretty small, and while sharing is a good thing, I wanted some alone time at the top. 

Porter and I made double time.

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Hurry Mom!

The trail switchbacks and gets steep in places, there is a wooden ladder in once spot to help you up over some steep ledge, but Porter just jumped up onto the ledge like it was nothing.

He is a mountain dog after all.

FINALLY…we got to the top – I could see the rocks through the trees, and Porter ran ahead up the rock (giving me a heart attack because it is a SERIOUS drop-off).

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Porter trying to scare me

Then we were there….Ahhhh….

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Big and Little Spencer Mountains, Moosehead Lake, 1st Roach Pond & pretty clouds

For some reason, I only took pictures northeast – but this view is almost 360 degrees.  There are a lot more pictures in my last hike report  of this rock (HERE).

Porter and I kicked back, had a snack, and enjoyed having the unbelievable the view from the top all to ourselves for about 30 minutes. 

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I like that my feet and his head are in this picture

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Looking at Katahdin and the mountains of Baxter State Park

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Mount Kineo, Rockwood, Moosehead Lake, & beyond

I could hear the couple coming up the trail, so Porter and I started packing up so they could have the top to themselves for a while.  We chatted for a while, and then walked down the rock and around to the place between the two rocks.  This picture doesn’t do it justice, it is much much bigger than it looks.

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Between the two “Eagle Wings”

And then we made our way down the trail.  On the way down we ran into a family hiking up the trail, they had never been up there and seemed really excited – I promised them they wouldn’t be disappointed!

Thanks for reading!

About caratunkgirl

Short spunky girl from the tiny town of Caratunk, Maine. Active outdoor girl. I am a forester, whitewater raft guide, Ironman and 5x marathoner with Ultra dreams. Always ready for the next adventure with my dog Porter by my side.
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2 Responses to Eagle Rock Hike

  1. adena says:

    so, when are you climbing Everest??

  2. Louise C says:

    Love your posts about hiking.. makes me think about my younger years when I did some of those mountains. Keep posting, love your stories and Porter pictures!
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