Ascent of Balsam Mountain on 2012-02-06
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Monday, February 6, 2012|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3600 ft / 1097 m|
Ascent Trip ReportStarted at McKinley Hollow. Bright beautiful day. Very little ice or snow on the lower elevations, ice only in center of trail on ridge line, and ice and compacted snow on summit, but only couple of inches deep. Barebooted all the way. Great day to really take in the surroundng terrain. Water still running in the streams, saw no one else on the trail. A few blowdowns and washouts early on on the trail, but all easily navigable - some hardy souls were working on a new footbridge across the McKinley Brook near the trailhead - I crossed on a few logs that were placed across the sream - looks like a re-route is coming. The third crossing of the brook 0.1 after the shelter is a sharp left at a tree trunk where stone steps go down to the brook and the trail on the opposite side looks like it actually goes back along the brook but swings around to the northwest again. This crossing is "masked" due to all the blow down and washout.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1875 ft / 571 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.5 mi / 8.9 km|
| Route:||Olivera-Mapledale Trail + Pine Hill West Branch|
| Trailhead:||McKinley Hollow PA 1725 ft / 525 m|
| Quality:||4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail|
| Weather:||Cool, Calm, Clear|
| Time:||2 Hours 14 Minutes|
| Time:||1 Hours 31 Minutes|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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