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Johnson Mountain Township

For travelers driving north from The Forks to Jackman, and maybe Quebec, Johnson Mount Township is probably just another strip of U.S.Route 201 through the woods.

However, for the adventurous seeking a mountain to climb, waterfall or a primitive campsite by a stream, the rewards are nearby.  Johnson Mountain is accessible off the (unimproved) Enchanted Mountain Road west of Route 201.

Just north of the township line with West Forks Plantation, Capital Road leads east off Route 201 to the Mountain Brook Road.

Entrance to Capital Road from U.S. Route 201 (2014)

Entrance to Capital Road from U.S. Route 201 (2014) @

Plum Creek facilities and Capital Road (2014)

Plum Creek facilities and Capital Road (2014) @

Mountain Brook Road follows Cold Stream northerly to a campsite by the stream, and, with some exploration, to Cold Stream Falls.

Cold Stream near a Campsite (2014)

Cold Stream near a Campsite (2014) @

Campsite at Cold Stream (2014)

Campsite at Cold Stream (2014) @

Cold Stream from the Campsite (2014)

Cold Stream from the Campsite (2014) @

A bit further north on the Mountain Brook Road a not so obvious path lead to a series of rips on Cold Stream that might be mistaken for the falls. But the rock strewn stream bed, though is does have a “fall,” is not the falls.

Entrance to Rock Strewn "Fall" in Cold Stream (2014)

Entrance to Rock Strewn “Fall” in Cold Stream (’14) @

Rock Strewn Area with a "Fall" (2014)

Rock Strewn Area with a “Fall” (2014)

Rock Strewn Area with a "Fall" (2014)

Rock Strewn Area with a “Fall” (2014) @

The path to Cold Stream’s “fall” is through a wetland with some interesting plant life.

Purple Trillium near Cold Stream and Mountain Brook Road (2014)

Purple Trillium near Cold Stream and Mountain Brook Road (2014)

Wetland with a crop of Skunk Cabbage (2014)

Skunk Cabbage! (2014) @

Painted Trillium near Cold Stream and Mountain Brook Road (2014)

Painted Trillium near Cold Stream and Mountain Brook Road (2014)


A falls on Cold Stream is at  N45° 29′ 17.34″ W70° 1′ 19.61″ west off the Cold Stream Road.  This too may not be the Cold Stream Falls, based on information from Delorme.  We will investigate further!

Cold Stream in Johnson MTN TWP

Cold Stream in Johnson MTN TWP

The 1958 topographic map is annotated to show points in the video made May 16, 2014.

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Source of topographic map:  University of New Hampshire Dimond Library, Documents Department & Data Center, Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York, from http://docs.unh.edu/ME/prpd58ne.jpg, accessed 5/22/2014




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