Ascent of Gray Peak on 2012-08-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Thursday, August 9, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Gray Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4826 ft / 1470 m

Ascent Trip Report

We almost descied to skip this third peak of the day; it was not a bald top; it had no designated trail with signs; and the weather was still poor. But I wanted to complete all three peaks in one morning so we left K behind again with her Kindle and Danny and I began the ascent. The trail was easily to follow as many people climb it for their Adirondack list. The trail was far less maintained and in the mud from the morning rain was a bit more challenging than Marcy and Skylight. A hand and foot climb there was some legit scrambling opportunities on the rock here and there and so the actual hike was more interesting than Marcy or Skylight. The top was not bald so far less interesting than Skylight and Marcy but the views from the Krumholtz were better than expected. We climbed, photographed our climb, and returned in 38 minutes

What really surprised me was that this more rugged and unmarked trail acutally turned out to be the only early morning summit that we found other hikers. We were not the only party on the mountain - we were surprised to run into two young women scrambling up the rocks and mud as if they do this sort of thing all the time and then at the peak itself we ran into another young solo female hiker with her legs caked with mud. It is nice to see more women take to the sport of peakbagging in increasing numbers although we were a little dissapointed that we finally hit a peak that we could not enter "the only party on the mountain" that day!

The hike back was a long day reverse of the previous day and we ended up doing over ten miles for the day.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1095 ft / 332 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3248 ft / 989 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:495 ft / 150 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Spur Trail (unmarked)
    Start Trailhead:Lake Tear of Clouds  4331 ft / 1320 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3248 ft / 989 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2648 ft / 807 m; Extra: 600 ft / 182m
    Gain on way out:600 ft / 182 m
    Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Route:same and trip in reverse
    End Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  2178 ft / 663 m
    Time:18 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Marcy (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Marcy2012-08-09 a3766 ft / 1148 m
2Mount Skylight2012-08-09 b578 ft / 176 m
3Gray Peak2012-08-09 c1095 ft / 334 m
Total Trip Gain: 5439 ft / 1658 m    Total Trip Loss: 5439 ft / 1658 m

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