September 15, 2013

John Christie: Still time for a trek up Tunk

There's still plenty of summer left – well, at least a week or so – so why not add this particular hike to your outdoors plans before it's too late.

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Hikers who opt to continue to Tunk Mountain’s summit ridge will be treated to the kind of scenic vista that’s rare outside of Maine’s largely unspoiled north country. Recent amenities make the trek up the 1,157-foot mountain easier.

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The summit trail rises over a series of ridges, by and across a couple of musical streams with one featuring a photogenic waterfall.

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The entire trip, if you climb the summit and then take the Hidden Ponds Loop, as I did, on the return trip, totals a little less than five miles. At my pace, having gotten on the trail at 8:30 a.m, I was back at the trail head by 11 a.m. Only one other hiker was on the trail during my walk, so it felt almost as if I were in my own private preserve.

This left time for a couple of more treats on my recent outing. First, I had noted a convenient, although unmarked, launch site right at the east end of Fox Pond, so popping the kayak into the water was unavoidable. An hour paddling around the rocky shoreline was a great way to give my upper body a little workout and, needless to say, rest my legs before the trip home.

Second, it was time for lunch when I got to Jordan's Snack Bar in Ellsworth, not that I hadn't planned it that way, and the fried clams and onion rings that I started thinking about on my way up Tunk Mountain were just as good as they have always been, and I knew they would be.

There's still plenty of summer left, so why not add this particular hike to your plans before it's too late.

John Christrie is an author and year-round Maine explorer.  He and his son Josh write in Outdoors about places to enjoy the beauty that only Maine has to offer. He can be contacted at:


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The Hidden Ponds Trail gently rises before turning down toward the south shore of Salmon Pond, surrounded by spruce trees.


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