Ascent of Sunrise Notch Peak on 2018-09-08

Climber: Jared Whalen

Date:Saturday, September 8, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sunrise Notch Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3176 ft / 968 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a huge pain this hike was. Approached from the ridge over Moss Cliff, which, while not a bad line, is full of blow down and cliffs needing to be skirted. LOTS of fragile duff laid over countless legbreakers. Nothing immensely difficult, just annoyance and obstacle stacked one on top of each other the whole way. There's a couple dry brooks leading up that will get you most of the way (though they have their own footing issues), but peter out at impassable (at least without ropes) cliffs close to the top. Last .2 straight miles took me a solid 45 minutes, and probably close to three quarters of a mile with all the switchbacks and backtracking I had to do.
Decided to come back down the north side of the mountain and hit the Whiteface Landing trail close to the leanto to avoid all that. Shockingly, there are more cliffs -- BIGGER cliffs, including one on the north side of the col between this and Moss Cliff that forces you a half mile one way or the other. If you take the convenient open dry brook down this side of the mountain you'll run smack into this, where a waterfall must have been in wetter times.
Getting to the foot of the mountain your primary obstacle switches from tree nurseries and swiss-cheese duff to a netting of hobblebush. Passage along the river to the lean-to is nicer, compared to what you just came down, but nothing you'd want to revisit.
I don't think there's a good line up or down this god-forsaken place. Maybe a rock-climb is the best way to go. There are a couple of nice views of the Mackenzie Wilderness and the Sentinels as you ascend, where the trees give way to some brief patches of open rock. Summit is mossy, variable, and treed.
Took a little over 6 hours to go 11 miles, if you're looking for a benchmark. A long half day hike.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jared Whalen
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