Ascent of Talcott Mountain on 2013-06-10

Climber: William Musser

Date:Monday, June 10, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Talcott Mountain
    Elevation:959 ft / 292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left confernce in Hartford after presentation. Front moved through the area and it was raining. We found the trailhead of Metacomet Trail and parked. Did not take the paved road and standard yellow trail up. Instead crossed road and followed the wet and slippery metacomet trail through the lush New England woods, crossing a creek twice and winding south then west then north then back south.

The trail goes in many bearings so it is a bit confusing but the woods are quite nice. Follow the blue blazes till it meets up with the yellow blaze gravel road to the tower-historic building. Might have been nice to check out more fully but the rain was coming down and night fall soon coming as well. We hiked quickly down the yellow gravel trail and back up the road and back to the car. Some nice overlooks but the fog and rain denied us the view.

The blue trail has a number of undulations going around the ravines and one picks up additonal gain (plus I made a wrong turn and got some more)that we estimated at around 110 feet. The yellow blaze trail is far less interesting and shorter and very little add gain as it serves as a maintenance road and is thus more forgiving and less steep.

Saw orange salamander and large deer; and we were hosting 2 ticks each by the time we got down. Did the 4 mile circuit in a little over an hour. Left at 6:20 PM and was back in car by 7:40 PM. We did stop for a few compass and bearing verifications when the blue trail was heading suspiciously north instead of south but it eventually rights itself and gets you south to the tower-building and the radio tower HP.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:709 ft / 215 m
    Total Elevation Loss:709 ft / 215 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
63F and raining front coming thru
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:649 ft / 197 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 539 ft / 164 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:Blue Blaze Metacomet
    Start Trailhead:Parking for Metacomet Trail  420 ft / 128 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:599 ft / 182 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 539 ft / 164 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Route:Yellow Blaze Gravel Road
    End Trailhead:Parking for Metacomet Trail  420 ft / 128 m

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