Ascent of Erebus Mountain on 2018-07-16

Climber: Jordyn Danforth

Others in Party:Christina Bushunow -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, July 16, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Erebus Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2527 ft / 770 m

Ascent Trip Report

If this hadn't been part of the Lake George 12 there are many other hikes that I would've chosen to take instead. Besides an okay view of Bumps Pond, there were NO views on this hike at all. It is also worth noting that the bugs were TERRIBLE. It's like they were immune to any repellants we used.

We parked at Hog Town. I've heard various things about the road to Dacy Clearing and didn't feel like putting my little car to the test. Walking along the road however, it would have definitely been doable. There are a few big potholes within 100ft of the fence, but after that the road is very easily driven as long as you take it slow and don't mind your car getting dirty.

From the Hog Town parking lot it is 1.5mi (30 minutes) to Dacy Clearing. The sign in book there is completely full. We made it to the first fork in the trail after 45 mins (2.09mi). To the right is the summit of Sleeping Beauty and to the left is the trail to Bumps Pond and Erebus. Go left.

The trail at this point gets rocky and the steepest sections of the trail are between this split and the pond. It took us about 30 minutes to go less than a mile to the pond. The split that you want to follow here is on the northwest corner of the pond. There is a sign here but it does not say Erebus. The trail doesn't look too promising from this vantage point, but it gets better.

The next 0.8 miles is wet and there is one spot where you have to follow a sort of re-route around a beaver induced pond. For the most part the trail was very easy to follow though and we didn't feel lost at any point.

At 3.75 miles (1hr39) there is another fork. The left trail will lead you to Shelving Rock Road. Don't go down this way unless you want to add many miles to your hike. The right leads to Erebus.

A few minutes after this split you will notice that it gets a bit dark. That's because the summit of Erebus is looming to your right. It rises seemingly out of nowhere and looks quite formidable.

According to the Lake George 12ster website, you do not need to actually summit Erebus for it to count towards "bagging" this peak. In fact, you would have to bushwack to the summit if you wanted to do so and as I've previously said, it looked quite formidable. The "official summit" is about 0.75mi after this last fork in the trail. If you're using a GPS, it is right in the middle of the curve on the northwest side of the Erebus North Slope Trail. We watched our GPS trackers and went just a bit past this mark to make sure that it would count. It took us 2 hours to reach this official summit. Then we turned around.

The trip back was just under 2 hours and very uneventful.

Times/Distances according to my GPS:

Hog Town to Dacy Clearing: 1.5mi, 30 min
Dacy Clearing to split for Sleeping Beauty: 2.1mi, 45 min
Split to Bumps Pond: 3.0 mi, 1hr13
Bumps Pond to Shelving Rock Split: 3.75mi, 1hr40
Shelving Rock Split to Official Summit: 4.55mi, 2hr

Summary Total Data
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.3 km
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 54 Minutes

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