|The incredible views on Boundary Bald, Maine|
Boundary Bald is located off of Route 201, North of Jackman, Maine. Jackman kind of the last stop on the way to Canada and its definitely a border town. Its also a big logging town, hunting town and adventure town. I always love coming through Jackman because I know there's a bunch of kindred souls in that town who all love the rugged beauty of the Maine North Woods. Here is my hiking map so you can get an idea of how far out there it is-
View Hiking Boundary Bald, Maine in a larger map
So, yes, it is out there. Most people traveling through this area are loggers or hunters. Nevertheless, its a beautiful part of Maine that everyone should see. I was in this area for some river rafting and I had some extra time to do some hiking. Why not make some progress on New England's 50 Finest?
Like most mountains in Maine, getting to the trailhead is half the battle. So from wherever you are, you will need to get to Jackman Maine. Just as you cross the river, North of town, set the car odometer to zero. The turnoff for the trailhead is on an old logging road, 7.8 miles out of town towards the border on route 201. It is just past "The Falls Rest Area" and there is a small white sign which points the way. This is a logging road and while it could probably be cleared by a sedan, I don't like taking any chances with my car and I parked off to the side of the road on Old Canada Rd, just before the turn off. I mountain biked in- I just don't want to break down or get a flat on a logging road, if you have a 4x4 you will be fine. From Route 201, drive 4.4 miles down this road and don't get side tracked on the many unnamed roads in the area. Look for a little white sign that marks the Boundary Bald Hike.
|ATV track just after the logging road|
Like I said, getting to the trailhead is half the battle.
|Its a beautiful trail in some sections and its a murderous trail in others|
Eventually I popped out in the krummholz section of the hike and I knew I was getting close! The trail steepened, the vegetation more stout and thick and the views were phenomenal. I was at the "bald" part of "Boundary Bald" and I couldn't get enough of the views. The trail does get very difficult to follow as you top out though.
|Somewhat of a peculiar sight on the summit of Boundary Bald|
|I couldn't get enough of these views. This summit is magnificent.|
This day was no different and I encountered no other hikers. I had that beautiful summit all to myself!
|Coming down the mountain and trying to follow the blue blazes|
Climbing New England's 50 Finest is such a crazy adventure. Boundary Bald was probably one of the best I've done so far but I'm looking forward to further adventures and misadventures in wild places such as these. Whether or not you're a peakbagger, you should make it up to Boundary Bald sometime. Its too good to pass up.
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