Ascent of Chauncey 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
Peak:Chauncey Peak
    Elevation:688 ft / 209 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy to find TH Parking at Giuffrida park. About 25 minutes south of Hartford, CT. We arrived at dam and the thunderstorm was supposed to be gone but as we tied our boots it poured harder. We stood under the kiosk and gathered out gear in the rain and then suddenly the storm passed.

The water flow out of the damn was tremendous from days of rain and the water in the trail was ankle deep and rushing fast. The Blue Blaze Trail climbs very steeply up the side of the mountain so we climbed the muddy incline as fast as we safely could and reached a fun crease in the rocks that pentrated the columnar basalt wall. A short stretch of easy scrambling is necessary to summit the small peak.

Suddenly we were blessed. Strong gust of wind came from somewhere and blew all the clouds and rain away and we finally saw sunshine!
Nice views and fun cliffs to take precarious photos. We took the blue trail all around the mountain overlooking the reservoir. Very pleasant hike. The mining operation (rock quarry) on the other side of the peak is interesting to check out as well.

We started at 6:05 PM and was down back at car at 7:45 PM . That time included a lot of photos. We busted up the first 300 feet in short order but then stopped to enjoy the sights quite a bit on top. The guide give the hike at 2.7 miles which seems right with all the side trips.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:564 ft / 170 m
    Total Elevation Loss:564 ft / 171 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 and minor 3
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Windy, Overcast
65 FRaining and eventually sun
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:374 ft / 113 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Blue Blaze Loop
    Start Trailhead:Parking Lot at Giuffrida Park  314 ft / 95 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:564 ft / 171 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 374 ft / 114 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Blue Blaze Loop
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot at Giuffrida Park  314 ft / 95 m

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