Ascent of Mendon Peak on 2013-08-22

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Date:Thursday, August 22, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mendon Peak
    Elevation:3840 ft / 1170 m

Ascent Trip Report

Mendon Peak
I confused myself with where I should start, but eventually parked at the Bucklin Trailhead parking spot and headed down the logging road, which is just riddled with Catamount Trail signage. At a crossing of Eddy Brook I got confused again and headed to the right which looked like a good path, but it soon disappeared into an animal path. But I decided to continue with what now turned into a semi-bushwhack. I was able to sometimes pickup and follow old logging roads, but then they would disappear / reappear. Turns out this method was straight at the peak – kinda steep at times. The last bit was quite a thick and steep bushwhack.
Reached Mendon peak and found the summit jar at 11:10. Saw a moose, actually it saw me first and moved on. I tried to get a better sighting but missed him. I did get a better sighting later as I headed back down. It was a nice clear day, but the summit offers no views, so after a quick break and I decided to head down a different way and skip the bushwhack altogether.
Headed off the summit at 11:25 in an easterly direction on a very nicely worn herd path. At about .5 miles from the summit, I picked up a nice trail that pretty much follows the Eddy Brook down off the mountain. Came to the brook crossing where I went to the right on the way up, should have stayed to the left.
Returned to the parking at 1:00pm, following the trail along eddy brook coming down was a much better way than the bushwhack I used going up.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2300 ft / 701 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2300 ft / 701 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.8 km
    Route:Bucklin Trail, logging road, bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Bucklin Trailhead  1540 ft / 469 m
    Time:4 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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