Ascent of Mount Carleton on 2012-08-06

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, August 6, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Carpool
Peak:Mount Carleton
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:2690 ft / 819 m

Ascent Trip Report

After bagging Sagamook and Head, we worked our way to final destination - Mount Carleton - the provincial HP of NB. Sagamook was a county HP so this 9 to 10 mile route was good for 2 county HPs along with a provincial HP.

Reaching the north approach of Carleton for our final ascent, we were ready to see what this Canadian peak had to offer. Most people bag this peak from the two SW trails but we preferred our traverse across the top of the entire mountain to obtain the HP. The trail system here is fairly remote so even though it was in a provincial park, we only saw one other couple hiking all day in the mountains. The final ascent is a quick steep trail that opens up to the bald peak. We had the peak to ourselves and enjoyed the views. At the summit there is an observation structure that would provide some protection from exposure.

We took photos and headed down one of the SW trails to our parked car. The carpool by the ranger allowed us to do this day as a thru-hike of nearly 10 miles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:490 ft / 149 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1750 ft / 533 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.5 mi / 5.7 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 and minor 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
75F breezy pleasant
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:480 ft / 146 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 440 ft / 134 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Head Trail North Side
    Start Trailhead:Saddle TH Junction between Head & Carleton  2250 ft / 685 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1710 ft / 521 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1700 ft / 518 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Gain on way out:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4.1 km
    Route:Mt Carleton SW Trail (Easternmost)
    End Trailhead:Parking TH Lot for Carleton  990 ft / 301 m
Ascent Part of Trip: NBHP-Carleton

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Sagamook2012-08-06 a1815 ft / 553 m
2Mount Head2012-08-06 b330 ft / 101 m
3Mount Carleton2012-08-06 c490 ft / 149 m
Total Trip Gain: 2635 ft / 803 m    Total Trip Loss: 2635 ft / 803 m

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