Ascent of Armstrong Mountain on 2018-08-20

Climber: Jordyn Danforth

Others in Party:Christina Bushunow -- 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

For this trip we decided to go up Beaver Meadow, across the ADK Range trail, and then down Wedge Brook. We would NOT have wanted to do it the other way around. You get the harder stuff out of the way and then it's a nice easy going descent down Wedge Brook.

We started from St. Huberts parking at 7:20am. I wasn't really feeling it while walking down Lake Road, but when we got to the start of Beaver Meadow I took my long-sleeve off and readjusted my bag so that it sat more comfortably. Once we started climbing I felt much better.

We had already come down Beaver Meadow from Gothics last summer so we knew what we were in for. There are a few spots where the wet rocks make it a little tricky to traverse and once you get towards the junction there are 5(6?) ladders that you have to use. One of these was particularly scary to me because the top rung is over the top of the rock, but you can't step off to the side because the dirt there is super loose.

At the junction we went right towards Armstrong. It is 0.4 miles to get there and they were quick. It was pretty muddy through here, but not too bad. The summit has just a smallish open area but the views are amazing. You get a great view of Pyramid, Gothics, HaBaSa, and Marcy and Algonquin in the distance.

The 0.6mi (that's what our GPS told us at least) between Armstrong and Upper Wolf Jaw was definitely the hardest part of this hike. It was very technical and there were spots where I had to jump down 4/5 feet off a rock. As I said, I would NOT want to do this trail the other way simply because of this section. The water on the rocks didn't make it any more fun.

Upper Wolfjaw summit has an even smaller area for sitting. There is a little sign on the trail that will point you 20yds towards the summit. We hung out here for a few minutes hydrating and then headed out again.

The section between Upper Wolfjaw and the Wedge Brook trail still isn't easy. It wasn't as bad as the Armstrong-UW section, but it was still very technical and better going down than up.

When we got to the junction we decided to do LW as well just to avoid another trip out. We were glad we did. It was a steep hike up but very short. This was the smallest of the summits with only a subpar view to the west. I am now 19/46.

We took Wedge Brook trail down. Kept wondering when it was going to get hard. It never did. Which was fine by me because I could barely move because of my knees during the last mile and a half down the trail. The ups and downs over the mountains did me in. Once you near the road you'll cross a couple of very pretty bridges with inviting waters. The second bridge is only a couple of minutes away from the road. Then the road is the easy part.

Times and Distances:

Car to Beaver Meadow trail: 55 minutes, 2.66miles
Balancing rock: 3hr34min, 5miles
Junction in col: 4hr10min, 5.27miles
Armstrong summit: 4hr44, 5.68miles

Armstrong to Upper Wolfjaw: 5hr51min, 6.32 miles

Upper WJ to junction with Wedge Brook: 6hr50min, 7.06miles
Lower Wolfjaw Summit: 7hr36min, 7.5miles

Back to road: 9hr46min, 10.5miles
Back to car: 10hr15min, 12.38miles

NOTE: These times do not include the time that we spent sitting on the summits or taking rests. It is just time moving. The overall trip took us 11hrs and 25 minutes.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:5.7 mi / 9.1 km
    Time:4 Hours 44 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Armstrong and Wolfjaws

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Armstrong Mountain2018-08-20 
2Upper Wolfjaw Mountain2018-08-20 
3Lower Wolfjaw Mountain2018-08-20 

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