Friday, March 24, 2017

THE ABANDONED GOST TRAIL DISCOVERED





LINK TO BLOG ON THE GOAT TRAIL

5 Comments:

At March 25, 2017 at 5:12 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Hey, thanks for the link to my story! Your blogs have been so helpful in our lost trail finding adventures. We still need to hike the upper portion of the Goat Trail! If you have any ideas how to get up there (since the rungs are gone) or how to find the trail from the top of Pemetic, let me know!

 
At March 28, 2017 at 7:46 AM , Blogger THIRDSTONE said...

I would begin at the top and scout around for signs of the trail on that end, in many cases these old trails have a Phantom or two that mark them off one way or another. It may not be at the very top, but close by i would bet you might find some signs of the trail.
The other option is scouting out a route that takes you past the cut rungs.....Matt from Leave the World Below had to find another way up to a cave on Day Mountain because the Park Service had cut the rungs that led up to the mouth of the cave. He found a way to the roof of the cave and it had an opening in the roof that allowed him access down into the cave. But anytime your faced with cut rungs, it makes the going much harder.
And a big congrats on your post of finding the lower section, great find.

 
At March 28, 2017 at 1:39 PM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Yes, it's going to be difficult to get up the sheer face where the rungs once were, but it's possible we could angle our way up from quite a distance away and then work our way over toward where we'd expect to find the trail.

We tried once from the top of Pemetic (well, a bit lower than the summit, down among the trees), hoping to see some evidence of the trail marked by phantoms. But we found nothing. It might be all about timing, since we know some park employees will deliberately obliterate the work of phantoms if they encounter it.

Another great aspect to finding these "lost" trails is the number of new hiking opportunities that are opened up. For example, there are some great hikes you can do on Cadillac using the Dorr South Ridge extension, Potholes and Eagles Crag trails in conjunction with active trails (and incorporating the Island Explorer if you're doing an end-to-end hike).

 
At July 4, 2017 at 7:02 AM , Blogger mlb-statsman said...

I don't know if you are still trying to get to the top section...but I have done this trail a few times with my dad. It's a pretty easy scramble up the right side around where the rungs once were on the other side of the Park Loop Road. Once you get above that the trail is pretty easy to follow up to the top!
-Nick Thorndike

 
At July 4, 2017 at 7:46 AM , Blogger Jennifer Maher Galas said...

Thanks, Nick! That is very good to know. So glad to hear that the trail is still pretty easy to find. We may try it on our trip to MDI this year!

 

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