Ascent of East Mountain on 2018-08-19

Climber: Gabriel C

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:East Mountain
    Elevation:3439 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

I had the ability to do one day of hiking this weekend so I prepared for three potential summits for Sunday. I woke up around 07:00 that morning and gathered all my day-hike gear. Driving off towards the US border around 07:20, I went through customs around 08:00. The drive on HWY 91 was uneventful and I took exit 24 in Lyndon, VT and made my way on RTE 114. Past East Burke, I drove a few kilometers before taking a right on Victory Road. It was a relatively long drive and I wondered at one point if I had passed Gallup Mills without noticing. When the road became paved again, I guessed I was getting there and eventually found an unsigned gravel road that I discounted as not being my goal so I turned left on River Road just past the bridge over Moose River.

It quickly became apparent this was not the right way, and my feeling was that I should have been on the western shore anyway. I turned around and went back to Victory Road, driving over to the unsigned road. After a few tens of meters, I saw the usual logging operation warnings at an open gate. I then spotted a mention of Radar Road and knew I was heading in the right direction. I passed several harvesters and log trailers, went over a bridge and then made it to the junction to East Haven. I turned right and drove for a few more minutes to the old military barracks and offices. I parked there and geared up, discovering the hydration pouch I had grabbed leaked in my pack, soaking it and the car seat. I decided to leave everything behind and simply grabbed my GPS.

As I started hiking on the old paved road, there was evidence of ongoing logging. Going past the junction just east, the debris field was left behind and I made it to the large road block. I could see the detour ATVs and 4x4s are taking and I think I could have managed with the XTerra (if it ran, the battery being drained again). Beyond that point, the road slowly rose towards the mountain before veering left and starting to climb the few switchbacks in the steeper section. I was going at a nice pace and soon reached the ridge where the slope was gentler. I was surprised by how well preserved all the infrastructure was. Safety barriers were still standing with their steel cables mostly intact, and I could see the powerlines zig-zagging over the road on still standing posts even though overwhelmed by the forest.

After the sharp left bend, I caught a glimpse of the buildings at the summit and soon was standing among the ruins. It sure looks like there was never a true dismantlement like at mont Apica or mont Sainte-Marguerite where everything but the concrete structures was removed (mont Apica has actually been completely razed). I wandered around and went to the northernmost tower but couldn't find a definite highest point. From there I started downhill at a good pace. While still on the higher part of the ridge, I heard engines and soon saw three motorcycles heading towards me. We greeted each others with hand waves and they were gone towards the top. Afterwards I decided to speed the descent and started jogging.

The switchbacks were quickly behind and the remaining distance was covered in no time. Back at the car, I drove off south to Gallup Mills and then towards my second goal, Brouillard Brook Mountain.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1119 ft / 340 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1119 ft / 340 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1106 ft / 337 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1093 ft / 333 m; Extra: 13 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:13 ft / 3 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.8 km
    Route:Radar access road
    Start Trailhead:Old military barracks  2346 ft / 715 m
    Time:36 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1106 ft / 337 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1093 ft / 333 m; Extra: 13 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:13 ft / 3 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.6 km
    Route:Radar access road
    End Trailhead:Old military barracks  2346 ft / 715 m
    Time:24 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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