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Details for Benchmark: PE1896

N 44° 18.130 W 068° 18.858 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 121

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is SCALED and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In HANCOCK county, ME View Original Datasheet
Designation:
FERNALD HILL 1870
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Reference Points

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Hiking with my wife, son and daughter-in-law. Beautiful day.

Best hike on the island by far

Beautiful view from the top of Flying Mountain!! There were two Benchmarks within 10 feet of each other...

[Photos:]
photoBoth reference marks are in the picture.
photoHere's one...
photoHere's the other...

Nice hike up Flying Mnt. Trail while on our annual vacation on MDI.

Found while hiking Flying Mtn with EKDintheburg.

Found while hiking Flying Mtn on a trip to Southwest Harbor, ME.

[Photos:]
photoBenchmark PE1896
Benchmark PE1896 on Flying Mountain in Maine

Recovered as described in good condition.
Both Reference Marks were also recovered in good condition.

Wife and I up from Mississippi. I'd just told her we should have downloaded some geocaches before we hiked and we got to the top of Flying Mt. and saw the reference marks. A little searching and there it was. Great views too!

Still without a GPS, I used Zhanna's info to find these. Years ago I'd noticed, what I now know is one of the RM. So I knew where at least one was. I quickly found the other RM (2). The station bolt was hard to notice and I doubt, unless I was looking for it, I'd ever see it.
Also, found near by (southwest of the station bolt) were 4 anchors possibly from a structure that used to be up there. I'm guessing they are in a rectangular shape of roughly 12'x16'.
The view is AWESOME for a 10 min. hike!

Top of the Flying Mountain hike in Acadia. Good view. good bang for your buck.

Found the two reference marks while hiking in Acadia. Great hike, great view!

We stumbled on the two reference marks at the top of Flying Mountain (Fernald Point) but didn't have anything with us to search for the actual benchmark itself. Nice job by Zhanna in showing us how this sort of thing SHOULD be done!

We had a much prettier day for our hike, and enjoyed this and several other trails in the sun.

[Photos:]
photoReference Mark #1
One of the two marks on Flying Mountain
photoReference Mark #2
The second mark on Flying Mountain
photoFlying Mountain view
An easy hike, and a lovely vista.

Please see the complete recovery, including text and photos, at my website: [b][url=http://surveymarks.planetzhanna.com/surveymarks/pe1896/]PE1896 - FERNALD HILL 1870[/url][/b].

Zhanna

This entry was edited by Zhanna on Friday, 07 December 2012 at 03:07:44 UTC.

Found disks No.1 & No.2 while hiking the Flying Mountain trail. The view is outstanding. With jrope & Wandawren.

Found disks No.1 & No.2 while hiking the Flying Mountain trail. The view is outstanding. With jrope & KT143.

Found disks No.1 & No.2 while hiking the Flying Mountain trail. The view is outstanding. With Wandawren & KT143.

We recovered this benchmark today in good condition.

We found this BM while hiking up Flying Mountain in the dark with flashlights to watch the fireworks put on by someone across the sound. The view was very spectacular because there were lots of boats in the water watching the fireworks also. The fireworks were the best we have ever seen!!

Had a nice hike up the hill and found this as a bonus! It was a great weekend weatherwise on the island and the views from this spot were beautiful.

I found Reference Marks 1 and 2 by accident while hiking Flying Mountain during my annual camping trip. Intrigued, I did research when I returned home, and I now hunt for these things.

Up here on vacation...wife told me she'd found this benchmark while hiking a couple years ago. Came back together, had a great hike up the backside for a low-level view of the Sound, on up to the Overlook and to the summit. Great weather for the awesome scenery.

Was hiking with Feisty1 ... Took picture of the survey disk, but didn't even think about logging it as a find.

[Photos:]
photoFernald Hill (aka Flying Mountain) Survey Disk #2
photoFlying Mountain (Fernald Hill) Signboard

Stumbled upon the marks while hiking. Crisp, cold day with amazing views.

[Photos:]
photoMark 1.JPG
photomark 2.JPG

Like most, we found this one hiking flying mountain. Was a beautiful day for a hike. Kinda wore me out since I'm out of shape and had been hiking for a couple of days already. Anyway, still a nice surprise find.

We found this mark while hiking flying mountian. The view from the top was beautiful, as was the water on the other side.

Cheers!
A&E

Stumbled onto these two benchmarks by accident while hiking Flying Mountain. Didn't notice the copper rod while I was up there. The view of Somes Sound was fantastic . . . the benchmarks were icing on the cake!

[Photos:]
photoNo. 1
photoNo. 2

All three benchmarks are here. Copper rod in rock and the other two disks.

Found this while hiking up Flying Mountain (I shan't go into the misplaced photo in the Hiking book that made this trail look far more precarious than it actually was).

Looking around near the summit revealed the first reference mark. Then we found the second, but on examining the directions pointed in the best we could come up with for the actual benchmark was a chiselled square in the rock. (Because I'm not organized with benchmarks as well as I'd like I didn't have the historical notes for this one available while on the mountain, decided it was the chiselled square and came back down before discovering my mistake!).

Anyway, here are the two marks, the chiselled square (on reflection that blob we thought was a seagull dropping might actually be the bolt!) and the view .....

[Photos:]
photoReference Mark #1
photoReference Mark #2
Probably no more than 8 ft from Ref Mark #1 so the co-ordinates shown on the GPS are identical!
photoChiselled Square and possibly the bolt, too!
photoView of the sound, including one of the marks.
photoTop of Flying Mountain.
The best angle I could find to include everything. This shows the summit itself (with cairn and carved sign), the chiselled square (corners marked) and the two reference marks (arrowed). The one in the distance is probably 6' in front of the cairn (and alas, very hard to see in the photo).

Found these while hiking in the park.

[Photos:]
photoFernald
photoFernald No. 1

Wonderful views across Somes Sound. Can see many hollywood star's homes from here.

Found this benchmark while out on a hike in Acadia National Park, Maine. Two benchmarks were located and photographed. We wer not looking for them but found them accidentally.

Waterboy With Wife (www)

[Photos:]
photoBenchmark No 2
The benchmark we happened to find first.
photoBenchmark No 1
photoSign about six feet from benchmark No 1
photoView from Benchmarks
Lobster boat in Somes Sound

A lot of folks here seem to be logging the reference marks as the station mark which is not a disk

I easily found the real one on 9/30/88 because there were plastic panels for air photos located around the real one :-)

This entry was edited by royswkr on Thursday, 03 September 2015 at 17:08:07 UTC.

Documented History (by the NGS)

Unknown by (MONUMENTED)
1/1/1902 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1902 ON THE HIGH HILL OF THAT NAME, ALSO KNOWN AS FLYING MOUNTAIN, LOCATED ON THE W SIDE OF THE NARROWS OF SOMES SOUND, MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, ABOUT 1/4 MILE TO THE NORTHWARD OF FERNALD COVE. THE STATION IS ON THE SOUTHERN PART OF THE HILL, 22 FEET S OF THE HIGHEST POINT AND 11 FEET W FROM THE EDGE OF THE BLUFF. IT IS A COPPER BOLT SET IN A HOLE IN A ROCK.
1/1/1934 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1934 (KGC) THE STATION WAS RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED. IT IS ON MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, ON FLYING MOUNTAIN, WHICH IS ON THE W SIDE OF SOMES SOUND AT ITS END AND JUST N OF FERNALD COVE. THE STATION WAS MARKED WHEN RECOVERED, BY A COPPER BOLT SET IN A HOLE IN A ROCK, AND THE BOLT WAS IN SUCH GOOD SHAPE THAT IT WAS LEFT INTACT. TWO REFERENCE MARKS WERE ESTABLISHED, STANDARD BRONZE DISKS WEDGED IN DRILL HOLES IN OUTCROPPING BEDROCK. REFERENCE MARK NO. 1 BEING N OF THE STATION AND REFERENCE MARK NO. 2 NEAR THE BLUFF TO THE E. THE STATION WAS NOT OCCUPIED IN 1934 EXCEPT TO ESTABLISH THE REFERENCE MARKS. TO REACH THE STATION FROM SOUTHWEST HARBOR GO N ABOUT ONE MILE TO FERNALD ROAD WHICH LEADS E. THIS ROAD IS ALSO 5.4 MILES S ON HIGHWAY 102 FROM THE JUNCTION OF HIGHWAYS 198 AND 102. FOLLOW FERNALD ROAD 0.8 MILE. FROM THIS POINT WALK UP TRAIL MARKED FLYING MT. TO THE SUMMIT. THE STATION IS ON THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF THE HILL ABOUT 22 FEET S OF THE HIGHEST PART AND 11 FEET W OF THE BLUFF ON THE EASTERN SIDE.
1/1/1944 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1944 (FLP) STATION AND REFERENCE MARKS RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION AS DESCRIBED BY K.G.C. IN 1934. DISTANCES TO REFERENCE MARKS WERE CHECKED.

Control Text

  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in March 1998.
  • The orthometric height was scaled from a topographic map.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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