Submitted by The Husson’s: On Sunday, July 1, 2012, we hiked up Mt. Chase in Patten, Maine. This mountain offers extensive views of Mt. Katahdin, upper and lower Shin Ponds, and miles and miles of endless beauty of northern Maine.
Mt. Chase is 2,440 ft high. Estimated hiking time was listed as 1 and 1/2 hrs, but it took us about 2 hrs, since the terrain was wet and slippery after recent rains. It is a rugged and sometimes steep climb, probably not suitable for children under 10 years old. Most of the trailfollows a brook bed, so hiking can be muddy and slippery.
Be sure to take bug spray, sunscreen, and plenty of drinking water.
To access the trail to Mt. Chase: from Bangor; Take I-95 north. Take the exit for the town of Patten / Sherman. Follow Route 11. From the center of the town of Patten, drive about 6.5 miles north, continuing on Route 11. Turn left onto Mountain Road.
This is a rugged, narrow road – so hikers should not take a car on this road. Only SUVs and vehicles with a high clearance should be used.
Keep traveling on Mountain Road, staying straight whenever the road forks. Drive about 2 miles to a large grassy parking area.
The trail head is marked and the trail proceeds west, then north. Along the trail, an old abandoned fire warden’s cabin can be found. Beyond the cabin, the trail continues northward, with many steep sections of the trail. The summit of Mt Chase is about .5 miles from the old cabin.
The views from the top of Mt. Chase are worth the trip!
Shin Brook Falls
Shin Brook Falls – Submitted by The Husson’s!
On July 1, 2012, we went on a mission to find the Shin Brook Falls in Patten, Maine. Luckily, we found our target — a spectacular 50′ water fall in a remote section of woods in northern Maine. Apparently, there is a pair of seven or eight-foot plunges, which cannot be seen from the base of the main falls, but we did not explore the upper falls. Due to recent heavy rains, the water was running quite swiftly over the falls on this date. We were able to get a few photos. A late afternoon visit to the falls, proved to be an opportune time to capture a few photos of the falls.
Trail information: A bit of a warning … the trail to the base of the main falls is mostly a sheer drop-off. This steep trail to the base of the falls, would not be suitable for young children to maneuver.
Directions from Bangor: Take I-95 north to the Patten / Sherman exit. Follow Route 11 into the town of Patten. Turn left onto Route 159. (There is a Clam Shack / Ice Cream stand on the corner – perfect place to visit after you view the falls). Go about 14.6 miles – driving past the Shin Pond area. Watch for the small sign (“Shin Brook Falls”) on the left side of the road. Turn left onto the access road to the falls. Drive about 1/2 mile to the parking area. The trail begins to the right of the parking area. It is about a seven minute walk to the upper falls (if you take the left fork) … or the lower falls (if you take the right fork). Enjoy !