Ascent of Mount Kineo on 2003-07-22

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:David Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 22, 2003
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Kineo
    Elevation:1789 ft / 545 m

Ascent Trip Report

Second Route Up #2: North Trail:

Backpacking mini trip to teach boys how to climb with backpacks and filter water. Circled the island using the trail to Hardscrabble Point and then ascended Kineo from the rarely used North Trail (from hardscrabble)then decended using Indian Trail.

The backside approach is by far the least interesting in terms scenery. But that is all relative as the woods and lake are always fun to see - just far less cliff views and historic structures to see. It is very steep approach but has few rock formations to go scramble out on and they are hard to find. The winter is rough on the trails and the State and locals folks do not take the time to clear this trail often so it often has many downed trees in the path.

On our trip it rained the entire time so the boys got an education on keeping warm. The mountain is steep with few saddles and we wanted to camp somewhere we woudl do not damage, not be seen, and out of the way, we found a tiny grassy opening near one of the historic USGS markers that is now off trail and camped the night.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1009 ft / 307 m
    Elevation Loss:1009 ft / 307 m
    Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Grade/Class:1, 2,2+ and 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:939 ft / 286 m
    Extra Loss:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:Route #2 :Hardscrabble to North Trail
    Trailhead:1040 ft / 316 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:819 ft / 250 m
    Extra Gain:70 ft / 21 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Indian Trail
    Trailhead:1040 ft / 316 m

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