Ascent of Buck Hill on 2013-07-02

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Buck Hill
    Elevation:1590 ft / 484 m

Ascent Trip Report

On way to airport to pick up guests, but we stopped in Monson. Took Pleasant Street to terminus then found access to Lake Heron and found tiny parking turn out to pick-up supply AT Hikers. Parked at turn out which is on the North side of road perhaps 40 feet above the lake. Touched lake, then took blue ribbon trail (jeep trail) north then quickly west where rains made a fast moving but narrow creek crossing. A Cairn marks the AT trail crossing of the jeep trail otherwise you might bust right past the AT so look for it quickly. From there followed AT up gentle slope north till you reach highpoint in trail and start heading back down. Afixed flag and took GPS bearing confirming HP was now due west around 0.2 miles and up another 100 vertical feet or so.

Rain kept falling and it was 51 F. Mud everywhere typical AT day. Willie loved playing in mud but started back to car with Karen and left me to try out new GPS. Saw a large deer on the way. Tied a few flags to mark way down and quickly found a false ledge summit. Seeing no other HP, turned on GPS and it indicated HP was another 550 feet west so bushwhacked west through the wet slipperly forest and tied a few more flags. Found summit within 35 feet of the GPS coordinate from Peakbagger. Summit is typical low mountain top with rocks covered with lichen and some opening but no real views. Cairns and markers of stone mark the path to the USGS BM clearly visible at the top so somebody else has peakbagged it but not enterred it to this database. Took photo of BM for records.

Total time including BW was around 1 hour 40 minutes. Would have been considerably faster on dry day.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:744 ft / 226 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.2 mi / 5.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
51 F and drizzle to rain
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:744 ft / 226 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route:Lake Heron to AT to saddle then buswhack
    Start Trailhead:Lake Heron AT Parking turn out  846 ft / 257 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    End Trailhead:AT Parking turn out  
    Time:40 Minutes

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