Here is a trail map of the Kidney Pond area.
After a quick lunch we headed up Mt OJI, named for the massive
slides which used to form the letters O-J-I
on one side of the mountain. The hike consists of going up a steep
slide, using hands to assist, crossing the scrub ridge, and coming down
via another slide. From the summit we had our first good
views of Kahtahdin.
The summit ridge is long and thin, and has some
excellent cliffs for photo ops. On the way
back to Kidney Pond we picked huge numbers of raspberries which we
had on pancakes the next morning.
We packed up and headed for Roaring Brook, which is the trailhead for Chimney Pond. On the way I saw a deer in but I was too busy concentrating on the rough road to notice much else. We started on the trail before 1:00 and made it up to our shelters at Chimney Pond by 3:30 after several view stops along the way. We then took a quick trip up to Pamola Caves which are a few tenths off the Dudley trail. They're big faulted rock caves and the trail to them goes up and over and around and through.
We spent the night in two 4-person shelters at Chimney Pond listening
to the wind try and lift the structures off their foundations.
The trip across the Northwest Basin trail was exhausting for Lafe and
Allison, because they had frame packs which caught the 40 MPH wind and
threw them all over the place. We didn't spend any extra time above
treeline and crashed early at the shelter.
We dropped pack at the Saddle and hiked to Baxter Peak for some great views of Chimney Pond. I had to take the required Limmer boot shot. Then, back down to Chimney Pond and a well deserved dinner.
That night we heard a park storyteller relate very interesting tales
of Pamola and Katahdin in the bunkhouse.
About 30 minutes later the rain stopped, things cleared a bit, and we decided to give it another shot. We stopped at Index Rock for some pictures and pushed on to Pamola Peak. The ridge was in fog which is a bit unnerving considering the drop but when it cleared off the views were well worth it.
We spent some well deserved rest on the summit and headed down via
the Cathedral trail. From there we got excellent views of the
Chimney, an technial climb that isn't for
the faint-hearted. Our legs were completely shot by the time we got
down and we took a quick nap. Ed and Ching arrived from Davis Pond
and we had our final dinner, which included squid and Chinese hot
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