Ascent of Big Jay on 2010-10-09

Climber: Dennis Poulin

Date:Saturday, October 9, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Jay
    Elevation:3786 ft / 1153 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Big Jay from Jay Peak. 28 degrees on the summit of Jay Peak. I rode the gondola up Jay Peak and then descended a grassy slope on the north side down to the Long Trail. There is a big fence for "out of bounds" where the Long Trail crosses the north ridge of Jay, but there is an opening in the fence. The long trail does not go to Big Jay, so I looked around and found a climber's trail that headed northwest towards the Jay/Big Jay saddle. This trail doesn't get much maintenance, but it is a lot better than bushwhacking through the dense forest. The route down to the saddle and all the way up to the Big Jay summit is through a short dense evergreen forest. In places the path was kind of swampy and I had to find my way around these wet places to keep my feet from getting wet. This trail is not straight but it goes all the way to the summit of Big Jay. If this trail was in the Oregon, I would consider it a goat path with mud bogs. No views from the summit but there are glimpses in spots of Jay Peak and the surrounding area. There is a rescue sled on end near the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:873 ft / 266 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:From Jay Peak
    Trailhead:2913 ft / 887 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail

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