No, I’m not going to be talking about the insanely popular book and television series “Game of Thrones”. I’m going to talk about a rock formation that has been dubbed “The Throne.”
I’ve been hiking in Downeast Maine since I moved here a decade ago. In all that time, I had never heard of, or seen, “The Throne” until recently.
I was searching for new geocaches in my area and came across one that was labeled “The Throne” and decided to check it out. So, I downloaded the coordinates to my GPS and headed out to Catherine Mountain in Franklin, Maine.
After a nice hike up the side of Catherine Mountain, and several awesome views of Tunk Lake, I got to the peak and came upon the Throne in all its rock glory.
Amazing what you can find when you get out there and look. I actually think they could use something like this in “Game of Thrones.”
Until next time…
Interesting stone arrangement. How would you rate the difficulty of this hike?
The hike starts out level but quickly turns into a pretty steep climb for a little under a mile (from the Dynamite Brook Road trailhead, that is). After that, the climb up Catherine Mountain isn’t too bad. Those that don’t hike regularly might find it a bit difficult but seasoned hikers should be fine. I found the trail to be marked rather well (a lot better than some I’ve traveled, that’s for sure!). Though, you might have to go back down the same way you came up or you’ll end up two miles away from where you parked! I read that there’s supposed to be a loop at the top of the mountain, but I either missed the turn during my hike or misinterpreted the info I read. [-_-] Overall, on a level of 1 to 5 (1 being easy and 5 being difficult), I’d rate the hike from the Dynamite Brook Road trailhead at about a three. The hike from the Blackswoods Road trailhead would be closer to a 4-1/2. Neighboring Caribou is a whole other can of worms!