Turkey Vultures LbNA # 33218
|Placed Date||Jul 20 2007|
|Last Update||Jun 17 2009|
Turkey Vultures is the first box of many that I plan to place along the Kennebec Highland Trails. This short hike might be all uphill, but the view will be well worth your hike. Depending on your walking speed, this may take you about 45 minutes round trip. This spot was originally for White Swan. I swapped out the boxes on 8/22/07.
Find your way to French's Mountain. There is a short turnout area where you can park just off the side of the Watson Pond Road. You will want to enter Watson Pond Road from Rt. 27, it's closer. Trail Maps are available through the Belgrade Regional Conservation Alliance or at Eastern Mountain Sports in Augusta. Across the street from the trail head is a home which flies the USA flag and the Canadian flag off their porch.
WARNING! This hike can be very slippery near the top when you are walking on the rocks in the path. There are very STEEP dropoffs near the top. Keep on the path, keep children close and pets on a leash when you get near the top!
Enter the trail and notice the enormous woodpecker holes in the tree to your right! Follow the path, being very careful of the dropoffs near the top. The box you have come to find is at the very top. Once you reach the top you will find a huge flat boulder. From here, you can look across and see the farm with the white farm house, and unsurpassed views of Long Pong. If you are facing the white farm house, there will be a single oak to your right. The top of the tree is dead as well as some of its lower branches. Between the trunk and the boulder, you will find the Turkey Vulture hiding under a few rocks. Please rehide carefully, this spot sees a lot of visitors who poke around.
PS With this hike, you may think you have reached the top a few times before you actually reach the top. The summit is 716 feet. Keep your eyes open for some circling turkey vultures. Enjoy the views of Long Pond as well as Mt. Phillip, Great Pond in the distance and Belgrade Lakes Village.