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Ascent of Mauldin Mountain on 2014-02-05

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mauldin Mountain
    Location:USA-Maryland
    Elevation:260 ft / 79 m

Ascent Trip Report

Thanks Edward Earl for enterring this small destination into the database to give me something to play on while traveling on business in the area! Nice to be the first to log in the first PB ascent.

Well another major storm came thru the NE with power outage, lines down, ince snow and I smartly abandoned my plans to go hike the small hills and peaks in PA around Welsh Mountain and Valley Forge area. The radio confirmed that a lot of roads were closed in those areas. Instead I headed south out of the ice and snow into the cold rain of Maryland.

I always wanted to check out Elk Neck State Park. Nobody was there!. It was 33F and raining and I parked the car down by the beach near the North East River day use river past the gated paved road up Mouldin Mtn. $5 to enter the parking area.

Excited by the surprising amount of drop to the bay I undressed my work clothes for proper rain attire and then I realized I screwed up! I brought with me my LaSportiva red boots for the cold and water proofing and microspikes for the ice. When I slipped on my left boot no problem. When I tried to slip on my "other" left boot on my right foot I realized I had somehow grabbed my sons size 14 left and my size 12 left red boot.

Having come so far in the snow and rain, I went ahead and found I could manage with the larger boot on the wrong foot. It looked stupid and felt awful but the hike was on! Touched Chesapeake Bay and it was iced and snowy. Hiked up the parking lot to the picnic shelter found my map, bushwacked back across the woods to the other parking lot to the SW and found the White banks trail. Took it to the blue cutoff trail and it switchbacked up the hill to the top by the Mouldain House. Finding the true peak was easy and all the trees had beautiful icecycles hanging down. Retraced steps back to car.

Nice views of the bay in winter with leaves absent along the cliffs but not at the top of the peak.Some enormous oaks (White Oak) and some beautiful sycamore along areas. Looked like old growth forests! Trail along cliffs has some minor regain. I inadvertently added some more by bushwhacking along a downed tree and missing the trail the first time going back to the car.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:335 ft / 101 m
    Total Elevation Loss:75 ft / 22 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Raining, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
33F raining
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:290 ft / 88 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 260 ft / 79 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:bay to parking to white banks trail to blue cutoff
    Start Trailhead:Chesapeake Bay at beach  0 ft / 0 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:45 ft / 13 m
    Gain on way out:45 ft / 13 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:bushwhack from HP and then reverse
Ascent Part of Trip: Elk Neck

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Mauldin Mountain2014-02-05 a335 ft / 102 m
2Bull Mountain2014-02-05 b380 ft / 116 m
Total Trip Gain: 715 ft / 218 m    Total Trip Loss: 455 ft / 139 m



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