The Tumbledown Range
At the head of Lake Webb rise the several peaks of Tumbledown, Little Jackson, Big Jackson, and Blueberry Mountains. Of these, Tumbledown is best known. It features several trails of varying degrees of difficulty, a strikingly steep and iconic profile and a stunning pond, suitable for swimming and fishing, near the summit. Kawanhee hikers regularly meet groups from other summer camps who have travelled hours to experience what is widely regarded as one of Maine’s most gratifying day hikes.
This is a favorite of younger campers who are tackling their first serious summit, as well as older guys training for more difficult treks later in the season. The summit affords great views of Lake Webb and the Tumbledown Range from the East.
One of Maine’s state parks and the local high school are named after this mountain, located about fifteen minutes from camp. Until the 1960’s, the summit was home to a fire look-out staffed by the Maine Forest Service. These days, the look-out’s cabin is gone, replaced by a sturdy tower that affords fantastic 360-degree views.
There is no trip in New England that surpasses the one to Mt. Katahdin, Maine’s highest mountain, and declared by experienced mountain climbers the most spectacular and beautiful elevation east of the Rockies. Thrusting its spruce-clad slopes and rocky summit a mile into the clouds, this giant of the East is the first spot in the United States to greet the morning sun. Katahdin is typically a four-day trip, with three nights of camping in Baxter State Park.
Appalachian Trail Trek
We always have some hardy souls who want to test their mettle by spending a few days on the Appalachian Trail, covering dozens of miles and several summits bearing their gear on their backs. The Mahoosucs or the Bigelow Range are among the A.T. destinations Kawanhee trekkers have done in recent summers.