Ascent of Armstrong Mountain on 2018-08-20

Climber: Christina Bushunow

Others in Party:Jordyn Danforth -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, August 20, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Armstrong Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4429 ft / 1349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left car 7:20, back at 6:45. Beautiful day, and 3 high peaks! Reached Armstrong summit at 12:00, Upper Wolfjaw at 1:32, and Lower Wolfjaw at 3:30. Times below are for hiking and taking breaks, not including time spent at the summits. I think going in this direction was the right decision. The path up to the Gothics col was tough, with lots of climbing rockfaces and some very steep sections. The trail from Armstrong to Upper Wolfjaw had some very steep descents that I was glad we were going down, not up, and was probably the toughest part of the trip. However, it was also less distance than shown on posted trail markers. From Upper to Lower Wolfjaw was not too bad. The half-mile up to Lower Wolfjaw was very steep. It took a long time for me just because it was late in the trip and I was tired. Coming down the Wedge Brook Trail was MUCH easier than the Beaver Meadown trail. I don't remember any rock scrambles, just steep and rocky/steep and rooty.

Parked at Ausable Mountain Club. Walked up the road to intersection with Beaver Meadow Falls trail: 55 minutes, 2.6 miles
Reached the bridge at 1 h 12 minutes, 3.1 miles
Balancing boulder at 3 h 34 min, 4.9 miles
Gothics/Armstrong Col 4 h 10 min, 5.27 miles
Armstrong Summit 4 h 40 min, 5.68 miles

Upper Wolfjaw Summit 6 h 24 min, 6.32 miles (about 1 h 5 min from leaving Armstrong summit)

Trail junction leading to John Brooks Lodge (right before split to lower Wolfjaw) 6 h 50 min, 7.10 miles

Summit Lower Wolfjaw 7 h 36 min, 7.5 miles
Junction with Wedge Brook Trail 8 h 9 min, 7.9 miles

Bridge 9 h 19 min, 9.31 miles
Sign for road 9 h 46 min, 10.08 miles
Road at 9 h 56 min, 10.5 miles

Back at car 10h 15 min, 12.38 miles
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Summit of Armstrong (2018-08-20). Photo by Christina Bushunow.
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Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:12.4 mi / 19.9 km
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Beaver Meadow Falls
    Time:11 Hours 25 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:Wedge Brook Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: Finish Great Range!

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Lower Wolfjaw Mountain2018-08-20 
1Armstrong Mountain2018-08-20 
2Upper Wolfjaw Mountain2018-08-20 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Christina Bushunow
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