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Date Posted: 15:25:39 10/12/04 Tue
Author: Gail Ferreira
Subject: Re: Elephant Mountain
In reply to: Nate 's message, "Elephant Mountain" on 10:13:40 10/12/04 Tue

We climbed it approximately 2 months ago. Finding Elephant Rd. is definately the easiest part - there is a sign. And, the roads do go pretty high, so you can go until you don't want to sabotage your vehicle any further - tough road. But the Clear Water trail begins at the end of the road - no sign, but again pretty easy. The hard parts are:
- not doing it when it's drizzling & cool/cold !
- lots of clear cutting - leaving lots of stuff to climb over/under/thru/around
- lots of blow-downs - including at the top looking for the canister which we never found
- lots of densely growing spruce trees to push thru while climbing over the blow-downs
... and I'm sure there were more, but I'll limit it to the highlights !

Definately not a trivial hike ! It made our top 5 least favorite !

Good Luck !!!

Interesting fact: the little restaurant in Andover has a community calendar hanging near the door with everyone-in-town's birthday and anniversary dates !

Gail

>I'm considering doing Elephant Mountain, and having
>read the Gene Daniels route description (i.e.
>bushwhack from the Clearwater Brook Trail), I was
>wondering how easy the Clearwater Brook Trail is to
>locate from the South Arm Road? Is it basically up
>Elephant Mountain Road (it this street marked?)?
>Having looked at the Delorme map for the area, it
>appears that either Elephant Mountain Road or Old
>County Road climbs halfway up the mountain before
>forking, and the left fork in particular seems to get
>decently close to the summit before dying out. Would
>this be an easier way to go? Once I commence the
>bushwhack, how difficult is it to locate the southwest
>summit? Is it just a matter of continuing to climb
>until I get there, or is there a flat ridge I have to
>worry about getting lost on? Any information
>regarding this peak would be greatly appreciated.

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