Klondike Pond Rock Climbing
|GPS:||45.933, -68.944 Google Map · Climbing Area Map|
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|Shared By:||Robert Hall on Oct 29, 2015|
|Admins:||Ladd, Jonathan Steitzer, Robert Hall|
DescriptionThe cliff/slabs that rise above Klondike Pond.
There may be existing routes, or there may not!
Klondike pond itself is located approx 1 mile west, and just a little north, of Hamlin Peak.
Consult with Park Rangers on climbing policy in such out-of-the-way areas Details
Winter climbing/hiking/mountaneering requires a permit Details
Getting ThereNo Trail accesses the base, and from descriptions others have given you most definitely do NOT want to bushwhack anywhere near the Klondike itself.
The most reasonable access would seem to be to drop into the basin from the Northwest Basin Trail, perhaps starting near Caribou Spring, hiking due west down the "south" ridge (which should provide views if the main cliff to the north, across the basin) then circling around above the pond.
The GPS co-ordinates are set for approximately the center of the cliff.
In the early 1970's and experienced group of AMC hikers went into Klondike Pond with overnight packs. [NOTE: It is not known if overnight camping is still permitted, contact Baxter rangers for info. on this.]
This group chose as its route going down a steep stream bed, and reported this as not being a "pleasant route". Good campsites were found on the left (south) shore. However, the talus went down to the shoreline on the north side, and the bushwhack to the cliff looked "something horrendous".
Notes continue that this comment came from "a veteran of the [then infamous] Crocker Traverse." [This was the pre-trail bushwhack between the two Maine 4000-ft-ers North and South Crocker, which took me and another experienced bushwhacker nearly 4 hours to do the 1 mile.]
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