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Thread: Aziscohos (Maine) trail status

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    Senior Member Vermonster's Avatar
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    Aziscohos (Maine) trail status

    Has anyone been up Aziscohos recently? There are no entries in NETC.
    I had heard the trail was closed due to logging earlier in the summer, and I am hoping that is done and the trail open as I need to pass by that way in a few weeks and it's a personal favorite.


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    Senior Member HockeyPuck's Avatar
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    Send a DM to Tom Rankin. I believe he's been nearby as recently as 9/12.

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    Senior Member Tom Rankin's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by HockeyPuck View Post
    Send a DM to Tom Rankin. I believe he's been nearby as recently as 9/12.
    LOL, sort of!

    We tried to go in on a logging road, but that was not it.

    A little up the Road (East), we saw flagging, but this turned out to not be the trail either.

    Apparently, we missed the real trail a little further East of that point as well.

    So, we did not see whatever signs might have been there forbidding or allowing hiking.

    FWIW, this is apparently the trailhead,-70.98644&z=15

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    When I last hiked it 10 years ago the only trail that was actively maintained was the North Trail. Google Earth Pro shows it as the Azicohos North Trail if you zoom in. Its very close to older logging road. Its roughly half way between the Dam and the Black Brook Road

    Here is screen capture from Google Earth street view of the sign (kind of dark). Google indicates that they ran the street view car through in 2019 so its fairly recent image

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    The area the lower trail goes through is hardwood and was logged about 15 to 20 years ago so I expect it probably hasnt been logged since. Its basically leave the road avoiding some wet areas and then beelines to the drainage of the col between the two high points. Years ago there were still ceramic insulators in the trees for the fire tower phone line in the softwoods. When I first hiked it, the old tower was still there flipped over on its side along with hazardous waste dump of old batteries. The Rangeley Lake Land Trust removed the tower. I have copy of the fire tower sighting map.
    Last edited by peakbagger; 09-28-2021 at 03:30 PM.

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    Senior Member Vermonster's Avatar
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    Thanks for the responses. The old tower man's trail is no longer maintained, or even traversable due to logging.
    The active trailhead is exactly 1 mile northeast of Aziscohos dam. At present the "AAA" on the telephone pole is in place, but can be hard to see.

    I will try to check the current trail status this weekend. I heard from another source that logging is completed, but I don't know the state of the trail.

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