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Ascent of Mount Sagamook 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:Car
Peak:Mount Sagamook
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:2550 ft / 777 m

Ascent Trip Report

The drive to Mt. Carleton Park is very remote. The park representatives were very friendly. They all spoke French as their preferred language in this region of NB. They allow a carpool so a park ranger can drop your car off and get a thru-hike. We dropped our car off at the parking lot near the Mount Carleton TH and the ranger then dropped us off at the TH that busts up the stream between Mount Head and Mount Sagamook (Bald Mountain Brook Tr). We left at 11:15 AM and I hiked nearly 9 miles and 2400 feet with my family getting all three peaks plus the observation point and we were down at 5:20 PM from the entire trip.

Daniel and I climbed Mount Head in addition to Carleton and Sagamook. I think Sagamook was over-rated in write ups and Carleton was under-rated as hikes. I saw a snake on the trail which surprised me that there were snakes that far north. The terrain was very unique on the walk up this trail as it passed us by a nice waterfall covered in thick moss. This area was about as mossy as I have ever seen and the flower structure growing out of the moss matts were unusual. There was a krumholtz type ecology near the bald peak.

The park rangers recommended this particular route up Sagamook because of the waterfall and mossy trail features. We were happy with the selection. Only I was interested in venturing around the west side of the mountain to find the observation point that held the more spectacular view from the mountain (it is a bit down slope). The view was nice but not that much more spectacular than that from Mount Head. My family was not interested in the side trip since it caused you to lose and retake gain we had already obtained in bagging the actual summit of Sagamook. I added this additional mileage and gain to the "down" stats.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1815 ft / 552 m
    Total Elevation Loss:505 ft / 153 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Grade/Class:1,2, minor 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
75F
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1635 ft / 498 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1560 ft / 476 m; Extra: 75 ft / 22m
    Loss on way in:75 ft / 22 m
    Distance:2.6 mi / 4.2 km
    Route:Bald Mtn. Brook Tr.
    Start Trailhead:TH at Park Road between Mt Bailey & Mt Sagamook  990 ft / 301 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:430 ft / 131 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 250 ft / 76 m; Extra: 180 ft / 54m
    Gain on way out:180 ft / 54 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Observation Pt to Scramble to Mount Head Trail
    End Trailhead:Saddle at Multi-TH Junction  2300 ft / 701 m
Ascent Part of Trip: NBHP-Carleton

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
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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