Ascent of Beadle Mountain on 2012-08-29

Climber: Dave Ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Beadle Mountain
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:1814 ft / 552 m

Ascent Trip Report

To access the roads that lead to the base of Beadle Mountain, requires permission from JD Irving because they own the land and all access points are gated. There are also forestry & logging operations underway. I was fortunate enough to be granted the necessary permission.

I learned about a marked trail starting at 46°38'28.83"N x 67° 8'10.63"W (Google Earth), blazed with red paint, leading up the west face. Unfortunately, the trail hasn't been maintained. A recently-built logging road and a thinning operation have disected two sections of the original trail, so in the process many of the blazes no longer exist. Nonetheless, on my descent I picked up a number of orange & red ribbons I found laying on the ground in the thick brush, and tied them to existing trees. Be prepared to do some bushwacking.

Once you clear the initial tree line, you scramble up well-blazed rocks to a point that affords a nice view west. The marked trail ends here. I bushwacked a little further east through the thick trees at the top of the mountain, but I couldn't find any point much higher in elevation.

My ascent took longer than it ought to have, due to the bushwacking required due to the missing blazes. My descent wasn't the same distance because I had earlier moved my van to the end of the new logging road once I realized that the first section of the trail came out at the end of it.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:649 ft / 197 m
    Total Elevation Loss:475 ft / 144 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:649 ft / 197 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Old hiking trail from west side
    Start Trailhead:1165 ft / 355 m
    Time:1 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:475 ft / 144 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    End Trailhead:1339 ft / 408 m
    Time:35 Minutes

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