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Backpacker Magazine – March 2010

Rip & Go: Big Moose Mountain - Maine Public Reserved Lands Little Moose Unit, ME

Hike to an historic fire tower and camp beside secluded ponds.

by: Chris Keene

Big Moose Lake (Tim Seaver)
Big Moose Lake (Tim Seaver)
ExOfficio's Buzz Off Baja shirt (Courtesy Photo)
ExOfficio's Buzz Off Baja shirt (Courtesy Photo)

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On the Menu
Breakfast 1

On the road
Lunches 1 & 2
Peanut butter & Fluff on bagel
Dinner 1
Big Moose Shepherd’s Pie
Breakfasts 2 & 3
Instant oatmeal w/diced dried apples & maple syrup
Dinner 2 Fire Tower Tuna
Reeses Pieces, peanuts, yogurt raisins, Mini Oreos

Big Moose Shepherd's Pie
An easy-as-pie pub dinner

2 ounces instant potatoes
3 ounces jerky, diced
8-ounce can creamed corn
Pinch of salt & pepper

Boil one cup water. Stir in potatoes; remove from heat for one minute. Add diced jerky, creamed corn, salt, and pepper. Stir and serve.

Fire Tower Tuna
A filling sandwich with a spicy kick

1 pouch tuna
1 bagel
2 slices pepper jack
2 ounces pepperoni, sliced

Split bagel, add pepperoni to both halves, then throw on the tuna and pepper jack. Serve.

The Grocery List
[  ] 1 pouch tuna (1)
[  ] Mini Oreos (1)
[  ] Reeses Pieces (1)
[  ] 1 can creamed
       corn (2)
[  ] Instant potatoes (2)
[  ] Marshmallow
       Fluff (2)
[  ] Dried apple (3)
[  ] Instant oatmeal (3)
[  ] Maple syrup (3)
[  ] Yogurt raisins (3)
[  ] Honey roasted
       peanuts (4)
[  ] Peanut butter (7)
[  ] Pepperoni
       (back wall)
[  ] Pepper jack (deli)
[  ] 3 Bagels (deli)
[  ] Jerky (deli)

Pack Salt, pepper

Indian Hill Trading Post
148 Moosehead Lake Rd., Greenville, ME; (207) 695-2104

Hit the Stress Free Moose Pub & Café on Moosehead Lake Road in Greenville for a Cranberry Salad Wrap and a shot of Moose Piss, a concoction of Stoli Raspberry, tequila, and “secret ingredients.” (207) 695-3100

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Nathan L
Sep 07, 2010

Did this Labor Day wknd 2010. Some comments: the descent into the Notch Ponds is quite difficult with packs on, and in general there is a lot of slow terrain on these trails. We made it from trailhead to Little Notch in 6.5 hours.

The 11-mile day is totally doable, but we woke up at 8am, and had to cut it short without bagging the peak. Recommend getting up early on Day 2, and also ditching heavy packs at Big/Little Moose Pond trailsplit.

Labor Day Weekend in Maine, and we were the *only* overnighters; only saw 2 other dayhikers in three days. What an amazing trip. The lakes at night were unbelievably beautiful.

No moose sightings, though- but lots and lots of moose poop.


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