Ascent of Pillsbury Mountain on 2014-11-16

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit
Date:Sunday, November 16, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pillsbury Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3602 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a pretty easy hike. Our time up is hindered by the fact that just after crossing the Miami River and starting to ascend up the bank on the other side, I realized I forgot my Microspikes in the car. I contemplated not going back for them, but decided because it was later in the day and with the sun setting the temperature would be going down as well, I went back for them. It was a good decision because we both put them on about half way up the mountain.

The first time I hiked Pillsbury a few years ago with Sallie, the cabin of the fire tower was locked closed. Fortunately this time it was open. There was a lock, but it was not secured. There was some satellite equipment in the cabin which I imagine is what they were trying to keep people away from. This fire tower was the scariest one so far because much of the chicken wire surrounding the staircase was either damaged or gone. It was pretty windy, too. Fortunately the wind blows the stairs free of snow / ice after the third or fourth level. The views were okay from the top, but it was pretty cloudy.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1677 ft / 511 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Trailhead:Second parking area at the Pillsbury trailhead  1925 ft / 586 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 39 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:1 Hours 8 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Owls Head & Pillsbury

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Owls Head Mountain2014-11-161060 ft / 323 m
2Pillsbury Mountain2014-11-161677 ft / 511 m
Total Trip Gain: 2737 ft / 834 m    Total Trip Loss: 2737 ft / 834 m

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