Sooo! With the help of my awesome friend Kristel (thank you so so much!), my blog has a brand-new look! It should be much better for mobile users and, well, I like it a lot! We did some work on it this week so I wasn’t able to get a blog post up until the changes were final.
Last weekend, my friend Beth and I hiked Moxie Mountain. It is one of my favorite places to be – it is a little less known than those hikes on the Appalachian Trail, but is a gem in our area.
The road was in decent shape all the way up to about 1/2 mile to the trailhead. Then it got a little adventurous (there was an airborne culvert and some wash-outs), but we made it to the parking area.
The thing that makes this hike great is not so much the summit, it is all the stuff you see along the way – I like the funky eroded rock formations.
The dogs were really excited to find some snow.
We made our way to the top, where there is a radio tower, some solar panels, and a helicopter pad.
There is a relic of the cold war that you can see looking south from the top – the locals always just call it the old radar site, but was officially called the Moscow Air Force Station. It had a special type of radar (Over the Horizon Backscatter or OTH-B).
Just geek out with me for a minute…this OTH-B radar bounced signals off the ionosphere which allowed it to detect objects coming over the horizon. So basically the curvature of the earth didn’t affect the ability of this to work and detect over very large distances. It was pretty powerful stuff. The site became fully operational in 1990. But then Communism fell, the cold war ended, and one year after the site was fully functional, it was no longer needed.
THIS article has some good info and photos if you want to read further.
The view from the top is great, it is the only place on the hike you can look north and east.
The secret is that there are a bunch of cliff and rock outcrop areas that have amazing views to the south and west. This requires a little bushwhacking, but it is so worth it.
After a photo shoot and a snack at the top (I like snacks), we made our way to the places a little off the trail (“trust me Beth, I know where I am going. Sort of.”)
We spent a few hours playing around on the open areas before we started to head down to the truck.
Thanks for reading!