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Ascent of Little Haystack on 2014-08-16

Climber: Trevor Kent

Date:Saturday, August 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Little Haystack
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4692 ft / 1430 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is a 3 day long trip report that included 2 nights in a lean to away from roads covering 28 miles total.

Day 1 - 8/15/14 - Hiked In
8:12am start
10:12am Henderson memorial, 2:00 in
10:20am second sign in, 2:08in
10:50am Marshall junction, 2:38in
11:05am sign to lean tos, 2:57in
11:57am Uphill lean to, 3:45in
12:18pm Felspar lean to; set up camp 4:06 time hiking

Day 2 - 8/16/14 - The Mountains
8:05am left lean to
8:13am 3500ft sign
8:54am junction of Gray at the base of Lake Tear of the Clouds
9:23am summit of Gray
9:36am left Gray
10:00am Lake Tear of the Clouds
10:14am Four Corners junction
10:30am alpine zone sign
10:35am Summit if Skylight
10:54am left summit
11:17am junction
11:29am left junction after filtering water
12:09pm Blue/Yellow junction after river crossing at Panther Gorge
12:33pm junction Blue/Yellow .75 to summit
12:42pm left junction
1:12pm #46 Haystack summit!
1:57pm left Haystack
2:09pm summit Little Haystack, 50 mountains this year!
2:15pm left summit
2:29pm resummited Haystack
2:30pm left summit
3:39pm junction
4:05 junction by Panther Gorge
4:25pm left after filtering water
5:07pm Four Corners junction
5:18pm junction of Gray
5:58pm junction .1 miles from Felspare lean to
6:00pm Felspare lean to

Day 3 - 8/17/14 - hiked to Upper Works Trailhead
12:35pm left lean to
12:58pm Cliff/Redfeild junction and Uphill Lean to
1:03pm left Cliff/Redfeild junction and Uphill Lean to
:pm Lake Colden Dam
2:24pm Marshall junction
2:41pm left Marshall junction and lean to
3:01pm junction, 4.5mi to go
3:19pm memorial
3:58pm high water bridge crossing
4:35pm Red/Blue junction by bridge, 1.8mi to Upper Works Trail Head
5:14pm reached Upper Works Trail Head, 4:41 of hiking

We hiked in from the Upper Works Trail Head in a light rain. and made the 8 mile trek to the Felspare Lean to My Dad and I shared the lean to with 4 other people. We all cooked together and had a great time.

The next day the weather was good to us all things considered, and I'm so thankful that it hardly rained on us for day 2. We left the lean to and headed up to the Four Corners junction. Before you get to the Four Corners Junction, you'll reach Lake Tear of the Clouds. Right as the lake becomes a stream there is an unmaintained trail to your left (north), crossing the stream to the summit of Gray. The summit has great views and view points!

After descending Gray, continue to the four Corners and so right (south) for .5 miles to the summit of Skylight. Legend says if you don't bring a rock to the summit and place it on a pile of rocks (cairn) that is located on the very summit "it will surely rain on you." So naturally we did this. The summit was treeless and had views in all directions. So gorgeous!

After summating Skylight, we returned to the four corners and headed east (took a right) down to Panther Gorge from hear, stay left at all intersections and you'll summit Haystack which was my 46th and final peak to become an Adirondack 46er at 1:12pm Beautiful views despite the clouds coming in.

After summating and spending some time at the summit of Haystack, I left my pack and ran down to summit Little Haystack because I heard the view of Haystack from its little partner was great. and it was. The clouds blowing through where amazing and powerful.

Completing my 46ers was an awarding experience.


Animals Spotted:
Mice
Chipmunk
Little green frog, not a green frog
Toad
Newt
Dark Eyed Junco

My 45th "new" (not done by me before) peak if the year 2014.
44/46 Adirondack 46ers

45/50 new mountains for 2014 personal goal.

Hiked with my Dad.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Upper Works Trailhead  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
Ascent Part of Trip: Finishing my 46: 8/15-17/14 (2 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Gray Peak2014-08-16
2Mount Skylight2014-08-16
3Mount Haystack2014-08-16
4Little Haystack2014-08-16
5Mount Haystack2014-08-16



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