Hey there! Well, it has been a while, I know. Work and life have been incredibly busy, and really, I find I hardly have time to eat and then sleep when I get home at night, much less do anything else I want to do.
So today was really a treat. First I got to hang out with my buddy Beth, and second, I got to hike one of my favorite places – Moxie Mountain.
Most people familiar with this area immediately ask, “You mean Moxie Bald Mountain on the Appalachian Trail?”
No. I don’t.
One of my reports on the Moxie Bald hike is HERE if you are interested.
Moxie Mountain is a little off the beaten path, a little more rugged, and a lot less traveled.
If you are trying to get to Moxie Mountain, THIS website has great directions, even if the author mistakenly calls it Moxie Bald instead of Moxie. Another GREAT source for this hike (and a lot of hiking trails in this area) is North Woods Walks by Christopher Keene.
Anyway, there are 2 trailheads, my friend Beth and I took the Carney Brook Road approach (my favorite), there is another approach near the Heald Ponds.
The trailhead is simply marked with flagging – if you don’t know what you are looking for, you could probably miss it.
It was a cold clear day, there was hoar frost that made the ground crunch under our feet.
The trail is well flagged and worn, and climbs pretty consistently for about a mile until you get to some weird open crumbly rock areas.
I found this to be a great place to screw off.
The dogs had a great time running around on in the open areas.
But the views…were pretty awesome.
After this, we made our way the .2-.4 miles to the summit, making our way through a few steep areas.
The summit is slightly overgrown, but still a pretty neat area with some good views to the east.
There is a helipad, a building, and some solar panels on the top. Beth, the dogs and I all had a snack and took in the views.
On the way down we went off trail and checked out the cliffs we walked by on the way up. Honestly, this was the best part of the entire hike.
We spent a good hour running around and checking out the cliff areas. Eventually, we had to make our way back to the trail and then down to our trucks. It was a great, much needed day.
Thanks for reading!