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Ascent of Halcott Mountain on 2020-05-22

Climber: Ed Kobos

Others in Party:none
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Halcott Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the day off, from work, to climb this Mt.
The day was forecast to be a great day. Temps turned out to be in mid 60's to low 80's for the hike. Mostly DEEP BLUE Skies with a few Cumulous clouds passing by.
The Trail Head parking area is just north of a block wall, on he west side of the road, about 2 miles south of Spruceton Rd. on Rte 42.
I didn't see any other hikers/climbers, the whole day.

This is a BUSHWHACK climb with some existing Herd Paths to follow. I read too many OnLine posts on how to climb this Mt. It got confusing, because of the varied approaches. As a bushwhack, it is best to decide on a route, ahead of time and try to follow it.
This is a SHORT RT climb of just over 3 miles, BUT if you bushwhack the climb is full of loose ledge rock slabs making footing difficult (especially while descending).

Right at the beginning, I was greeted with a nice waterfall and cascade. I took the herd path to the right of this reentrant. After a while, I lost the path and bushwhacked for a while until I picked up another HP. I followed it "UP" and then lost it again. I took a more westerly track where I thought the climb would be easier and actually came up from the SE of the peak.

The orange summit canister was easy to locate. None of the trees near the summit had buds on them, yet. Compared to the lower elevations where some trees were in full 'bloom' This made for generally good views, through the trees. Quite a few distant high peaks were visible.

The herd path descending, was much more obvious. I only lost it near the trail head, as it was covered with a lot of leaves. I descended close to the road and followed it back to the trailhead.
This was an enjoyable climb.
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Orange summit canister on Halcott Mt., May 2020. Although other mountain peaks were clearly visible, through the leafless trees, none were really great in photos. :-( (2020-05-22). Photo by Ed Kobos.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1872 ft / 570 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1872 ft / 570 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Grade/Class:IV
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Super sunny spring day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1872 ft / 570 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:BUSHWHACK, with a few Herd Paths
    Start Trailhead:2 mi south of Spruceton Rd on Rt 42  1648 ft / 502 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1872 ft / 570 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Herd Paths
    End Trailhead:2 mi south of Spruceton Rd on Rt 42  1648 ft / 502 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes



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