|Mt Kibby and the new windfarm|
Driving up the access road to the wind turbines was somewhat of an adventure in itself. What was once a barely mapped logging road is now somewhat of a dirt road super highway which is used by outdoor enthusiasts, locals and workers alike. It was weird to see so many vehicles on the trail- there's been other logging roads where I'm confident I could have pitched a tent in broad daylight in the middle of the road and never worry about getting run over.
Here's an area map with driving directions, the trail and the area of the Kibby Mountain Wind Project-
View Kibby Mountain Hiking Trail in a larger map
As you can see, it takes a long time to get to Kibby Mountain from basically anywhere. However, it is nearby the Chain of Ponds area which is an excellent place to camp overnight.
The Kibby Mountain trail begins off of the access road to some of the wind turbines and the trail/road is not marked. You can park right off to the side of the road but be careful that you don't obstruct the road, even by a centimeter!
|The logging road is actually quite nice|
It is just 2.3 miles to the summit with about 1,100 feet of elevation gain; quite tame, actually. The first 0.9 miles are walking on an old logging road and then a fork appears and you go right. From here, the road narrows to a trail and it is about 1.4 miles to the summit. There aren't any real views until you get to the actual summit and you have to climb and old fire tower. Mind you, the fire tower is ancient and some of the wooden boards have rotted though. The cross beams appear to be in good shape so just stick to those. It is worth the climb because the view is uniquely situated so that you can see nearly every tall mountain in the state-
|Attempt at a panorama, looking southwest|
|Mt Katahdin can be seen from the summit but is not apparent in this picture without a telephoto lens|
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