Catherine Mountain

Franklin, Maine 04634

Catherine Mountain

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Catherine Mountain is the easternmost of the group of mountains in Donnell Pond Public Reserved Land. South-facing cliffs along the summit ridge offer views east across Tunk Lake and south and west of Black Mountain, Schoodic Nubble, and Caribou Mountain. Those mountains block any view of Mount Desert Island. Even so, Catherine Mountain offers fine views for not a lot of climbing.

Across Catherine Mountain the trail descends to ME 182, ending outside the Public Reserved Land at a muddy turnaround. The descent off the mountain is steep and has no views, and you would also end your hike several miles from your car. On the steep eastern flank of the mountain, there are several areas of broken rock—evidence of a mining operation. Your best bet is to stop at the cliff tops shortly after the trail begins to descend, enjoy the views, and return back to your car across the mountaintop. On the way back take the side trail on the left that skirts along the cliff tops—you’ll get the best views of the hike."

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Catherine Mountain (we call Catherine's Hill) is actually located in Township 10 and is a significant distance from Franklin. Actual elevation is 961 ft.. There are two trails to the peak, with no great difference in difficulty or distance. Of considerable note is a partially worked molybdenite deposit which is visited by local rockhounds. It is just off the side of the trail at the peak. Otherwise, we found it to be rather dull compared to the Tunk Mt. hike located just a little northeast from here. A much more scenic view, especially at sunset.

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2-3 hours

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