Deboullie Mountain and Fire Lookout Tower; North Maine Woods
Total Mileage: 4.7 Miles Directions to check point 46.779432,-68.566218
Total rise: 1010′ Facebook
Hike Time: 3 hours withe 3 kids My Pintrest
Significance: Fire tower, views ALL FIRE TOWER PAGE
Printable map Trail Head->46.964123,-68.838138
Here is some of what you need to know: Before you get there, listen to me: This is the North Maine Woods and it is the wilderness, be prepared. There is a gas station when you exit I-95, then it is a solid hour before you reach another.
-The GPS Directions takes you to the check point gate, get a road map when you pay your Fees, have them highlight the route. From the checkpoint it is 25 miles of well maintained logging roads until you get to the trail-head parking area; do not show up with an 1/8 of a tank of gas and no supplies in the car. My Toyota Camry did fine on the roads.
-The roads are not hard to navigate: follow the Red River Campground (RRC) signs, they are red. Set your odometer to 0 at the checkpoint, we missed a turn at mile 14.5 (about 25 minutes), the sign was a little hard to see.
-If you hit a moose, it is yours to keep…good luck.
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As you approach the parking area you will be driving on a tight dirt road with the lake on your left; it will not take long before you reach a fairly large well defined parking area, the trail-head is marked.(-FYI)
The trail intersections have signs, the first one was about 0.3 miles in and gives two options for getting to the tower; the shorter route is along the lake and that is what we took. The trail was well maintained with very few rocks. Keep an eye out for the short path that takes you to the lake, you will get a great view of Deboullie mtn. At 1.3 miles you will come to the boulder field which was very cool; the rocks were all around and traveled at least a hundred feet up the mountain. We had no trouble walking across the rocks, many had been re-positioned to make it easy to cross.
0.2 miles past the rock field the trail turns up hill, you will climb 800 feet over 0.7 miles. It is a workout for sure but you probably just sat in the car for 3 hours so you could use it (seriously the minimal distance up hill makes it very reasonable). The trail was in good condition all the way up.
This was the first tower I encountered with a vertical ladder to the top; the kids had no interest in climbing it but I think the 8 year old would have been fine if I was right behind him. It is a long climb but you are almost encased in metal all the way up making it feel safe; at the top of the ladder you must push a small door upwards (pictured below) to gain access to the cab. I will admit I was a bit nervous going from the cab back onto the latter but it turned out easier than I thought.
Four windows allow for a view in all directions; several lakes are visible from the tower and many hundreds of thousands of trees of course. To the south you can see Round Top mountain and a distant mount Katahdin. The north is mainly flat and Canada is only a few miles away.
As far as I know this tower is the farthest north on the east coast; it is absolutely worth making the drive to see it. You have to come see and feel the wilderness. Spend the night in one of the campsites that dot the land between the lake and the road and you will see a starry night that few on the east coast ever see. Check out our other east coast fire towers; get out and enjoy the view.