Ascent of The Horns on 2020-02-01

Climber: Michael Stonek

Others in Party:Al
Date:Saturday, February 1, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:The Horns
    Elevation:3805 ft / 1159 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parking is very near the highway. The road to the summer parking area is a snowmobile trail at this time; no cars or vans can go through. There's room for parking for about 6-7 cars just past the houses. Don't park by the plow turn around (you will get towed!).

Al and I started hiking around 7:15 and climbed via the Fire Warden's with bare boots. Shortly after the junction with the Horns Pond Trail we switched to snowshoes. Another group of hikers behind us summited with spikes only. The trail up to the col is in great shape. From West, we added 2 more snowshoe tracks in the crusty powder of the AT. Before the intersection with the Horns Pond trail we were wondering if we should continue on the AT or make the turn down Horns Pond (this one looked unbroken when we first intersected it in the morning while on Fire Wardens). Luckily a couple that we met in the morning went up that way, so it was already broken up for us and looked better than continuing on the AT. So we made the turn onto Horns Pond trail and at the bottom we picked up again Fire Wardens and the snowmobile road back to our cars.

We met a few snowmobilers in the AM and also coming back in the dark. Those guys go fast so have your headlamps on even if it is not too dark or those guys will run you over!

Total stats: 15.2 miles, 4,000 ft elevation in 11 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Headlamp, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Part of Trip: Bigs

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Avery Peak2020-02-01 
2Bigelow Mountain2020-02-01 
3The Horns2020-02-01 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Michael Stonek
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