Ascent of Jug Mountain on 2014-04-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Jug Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1755 ft / 534 m

Ascent Trip Report

A tough bushwack left-of-north from I87 ..... 1.8 miles, 1h45 hours RT.

Driving south on the Adirondack Northway (I87) I pulled-in at at the High Peaks Visitors Center, south of exit 30 just after Jug Pond and parked at the southwest corner of the truck parking area.

The Center is closed-in with a perimeter fence. From my car park (summit is left-of-north) I crossed over the fence at a damaged section and immediately found and woods track heading north to Jug Pond. I turned right and walked the track north 100 yards to a height-of-land where I turned left, entered the woods and bushwacked .8 miles to the summit.

The route is rough, has poor footing and steep stretches with a number of obstacles (tall ledges). I had to zig-zag, always looking for the easy way around the obstacles. I found my way to the south-side of the summit then to the south-east side (after a very steep climb) to a rock surface 100+ yards below the summit. Here I picked up a number of small cairn and a 40 foot long rope which I used to pull myself up the steep rock face.
The woods on this route are fairly open, with some down-fall at the bottom.
The short distance climb took me 55 minutes, I descended in 30.

The open rocky summit offers great views and is well worth the climb, a small old lean-to is at 15 yards to the north.

I continued driving south on the Northway to Severance Hill.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:771 ft / 235 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:bushwack nb from I87 high peaks ctr
    Trailhead:I87, High Peaks Visitors Center S of exit 30.  984 ft / 299 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Scramble

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