Located in Lincoln Plantation, Aziscohos Mountain lies at the southern end of Aziscohos Lake. It rises to around 3,000/ft and has sweeping views of the nearby town of Rangeley and surrounding lakes. I was back in the area for another canoe camping trip, similar to the one I did the prior year. It is a camping spot that hits on all the best elements (canoeing, semi-dangerous water crossing with the right wind, island camping, prime swimming, and wide open southern exposure). On top of that, it was July and the weather was about right. Instead of spending our time paddling around the lake, we decided to throw in a quick hike. After all, the mountain was staring us in the face from our campsite the entire time.
We started early Saturday morning on the Aziscohos North Trail. It’s the only trail that leads to the summit and weighs in around 3.2 miles round trip. It’s your typical Maine trail. Slippery roots and rocks that avoid switchbacks and heads straight up the mountain. Been there, done that. Arriving at the summit I noticed the remnants of an old fire tower, which is an increasingly common site these days. It sparked an idea for a photo project, one where I photograph all the remaining fires towers that are still standing in the state of Maine. I think that would be really cool. Something to pick away at I suppose.
A quick survey of the summit also revealed a wealth of wild blueberry bushes. Some were ripe, others cold benefit from another week or so to fully ripen. With much additional thought, I picked a few handfuls and lingered around the top for a while, absorbing the surroundings. It felt incredibly good to be back out in the wilderness, fulfilled and immersed in nature.