Ascent of Mount Head on 2019-08-04

Climber: Dave Ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Head
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:2600 ft / 792 m

Ascent Trip Report

National Summit Day, which appears to be an American thing, was yesterday (Sat., Aug. 3/19), but because the weather forecast for Mt. Carleton Provincial Park was not favourable (high winds and heavy rain...some areas also got hail), I decided to delay my trip up to the park until Sunday. This was also a long weekend, as Monday is New Brunswick Day. It was a sun & clouds day and cool at the exposed summits, but fine for hiking solo. I decided to aim for bagging Mt. Sagamook and Mt. Head, and left open the option of also doing Mt. Carleton.

From the Mt. Sagamook trail head, I set out at 0942 hrs, took the longer of the two trails up and summitted at 1110 hrs. After gabbing with a nice couple from the Scoudouc area there, I set out at 1155 hrs on the 1.8 km saddleback to Mt. Head, summitting the second peak at 1245 hrs. After some water and some pics, I decided to leave Mt. Carleton for another day. I set out at 1313 hrs and after chatting for 10 minutes or so enroute with another hiker from Fredericton, arrived at Mt. Sagamook's summit again at 1430 hrs. Took the same longer trail back down, arriving at the car park at 1557 hrs.

I found the 800-metre side trail to the actual summit of Mt. Head rather overgrown, and felt it could do with some badly-needed thinning. There also seemed to be a number of trail blaze markers missing, so I completed one of their suggestion forms at the welcome office before leaving the park.
Summary Total Data
    Round-Trip Distance:6.6 mi / 10.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Via Mt. Sagamook's eastern trailhead
    Time:50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Same route back down.
    Time:50 Minutes

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