Ascent of Schunnemunk Mountain on 2012-06-01

Climber: Eli Wolfhagen

Others in Party:Jesse Wolfhagen
Emily Bauman
Date:Friday, June 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Schunnemunk Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1664 ft / 507 m

Ascent Trip Report

Jesse, Emily and I, all being PhD students with no real jobs, decided to do a weekday hike. After a few scheduling delays, we settled upon a June 1 ascent of Schunnemunk Mountain, mainly because of Jesse's intrigue over what exactly "puddingstone" is. Turns out puddingstone, which forms the bedrock of the mountain and is littered across its two roughly parallel ridges, is some sort of sedimentary conglomerate rock that's studded with lots of other smaller pebbles.

Anyway, this seemed to be a good enough reason to choose this hike over any other. We followed the directions for "Schunemunk Mountain Ridge Loop" on pages 177-181 in Christopher & Catherine Brooks' 60 Hikes within 60 Miles, New York City. This hike started along the Trestle Trail before hooking up with the Long Path which ran along the lower western ridge of the mountain. The Long Path then descends into the notch between the ridges before scrambling up the eastern ridge. At the crest of the eastern ridge we left the Long Path in favor of the Jessup Trail, which took us to the summit. Continuing along the Jessup Trail which followed the ridge line until diving sharply into the notch. We took the Barton Swamp Trail across Baby Brook which eventually hooked back up with Trestle Trail for our final return. All in all, it was an excellent 10.5 miler with tons of extra elevation gain in about 6 hours
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1691 ft / 514 m
    Elevation Loss:1691 ft / 514 m
    Distance:10.5 mi / 16.9 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1524 ft / 464 m
    Extra Loss:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route:Trestle Trail to Long Path to Jessup Trail
    Trailhead:Trailhead Parking Lot  300 ft / 91 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1531 ft / 466 m
    Extra Gain:167 ft / 50 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Jessup Trail to Barton Swamp Trail to Trestle Trai
    Trailhead:Trailhead Parking Lot  300 ft / 91 m

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