Piazza Rock Caretaker
Piazza Rock – The Piazza Rock site is one that offers hikers of all agilities the opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. The actual Piazza Rock is a flat-topped, large, overhanging rock tucked away amongst forest trees. If hikers choose, they have the option to engage in some beginner bouldering and make their way up to the top of the rock. Once on top, the hiker encounters a unique, miniature alpine zone.
The Piazza Rock Caretaker is fortunate to encounter all abilities of hikers at this site, and has many opportunities to speak with visiting overnight camps and college orientation groups about the Leave No Trace philosophy. Piazza Rock sits at the base of the majestic Saddleback Mountain Range. More experienced hikers will pass through the Piazza Rock site focused on the summit of Saddleback Mountain, a 4,130′ summit, or the Horn, a 4,041′ summit beyond.
The Piazza Rock Caretaker is also responsible for ridge-running across some of the most physically strenuous and visually stunning miles on the Appalachian Trail. The location of the tent platform offers the caretaker a certain degree of privacy and a comfortable, quiet place at the end of the day.
Caretaker at Piazza Rock/Saddleback Mountain
Grace, a botany major, returns for a second season with her enthusiasm, knowledge of plants on Saddleback Mountain, and plans for engaging Rangeley as a trail town. Grace, an accomplished banjo and guitar player is out on the trail teaching Leave-No-Trace through, among other techniques, music (old logging camp songs and Pete Seeger sing-a-longs) with camp groups and scouts around the campfire.