Ascent of Higby Mountain-South Peak on 2013-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Mike Saxton
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Higby Mountain-South Peak
    Elevation:835 ft / 254 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left 7:30 AM in fog and post drizzle conditions. 61 F
Climb was wet and muddy but the winding trail through the forest was quite attractive. The trail winds along the cliff edge and there are very nice views and overlooks although we could not see to the bottom through the fog. You can use the blue blaze bipass trail that is next to the rock formations and stay fairly level (there are still a number of ravines that you cross giving extra gain) but the alternate blue blaze path along the rocks will take you up and down quite a bit.

We made a little side trip to go check out the Camel Hump and right when I made the top a baby fawn still spotted bolted out from under my feet 2 feet away appratnely the mother leaving her hidden on the top of the feature for protection. After I stopped my heart from racing from the startling animal retreat we rejoined the cliff edge and hiked down to Preston Notch.

Trip started at 7:30 AM at the TH at parking lot for Mattabesset Trail and climbs steeply to first peak with some up and down gains.
We completed this peak, played and took many photos on the cliff overlooks, explored Camel Hump, made it Higby Mountain to the north summitted at 8:45 and headed back the same way down and were back by 9:50 AM. Thus, the entire trip was over 1000 feet of gain and 4 miles and took about 2 hours 20 minutes with wet conditions and lots of photos. The views of Higby south were more interesting than Higby.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:545 ft / 165 m
    Total Elevation Loss:425 ft / 129 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.4 mi / 2.3 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 and minor 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
61 F Foggy and overcast poor visibility
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:405 ft / 123 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 345 ft / 105 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Loss on way in:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Blue blaze Mattabesset
    Start Trailhead:TH of Mattabesset Tr Parking  490 ft / 149 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:365 ft / 111 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 225 ft / 69 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Blue blaze Mattabesset
    End Trailhead:Preston Notch  610 ft / 185 m
Ascent Part of Trip: HigbyCT

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Higby Mountain-South Peak2013-06-11 a545 ft / 166 m
2Higby Mountain2013-06-11 b283 ft / 86 m
3Higby Mountain-South Peak2013-06-11 c335 ft / 102 m
Total Trip Gain: 1163 ft / 354 m    Total Trip Loss: 1233 ft / 376 m

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