Ascent of East Mountain on 2008-11-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, November 14, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:East Mountain
    Elevation:3439 ft / 1048 m

Ascent Trip Report

Easy paved road hike. Foggy, drizzly day with few hundred yds visibility. Not an enjoyable day.

Directions to the TH from the South.
From I-91, Exit 23, drive N on rte 5 thru Lyndonville to rte 114 on the right. Follow rte 114 N, at 1 1/2 miles past East Burke you'll see a sign "Gallup Mills 8", take the smooth dirt road to the right eastbound for Gallup Mills. Drive 7.7 miles to Radar road to the left. From this junction drive N on gravel Radar Road, always following the main road, crossing a bridge over Moose River and pass a number of side roads. You'll arrive at a Locked Gate at 4.6 miles. Its evident that Radar road receives a lot of traffic, Park in the small area to the left of the Gate and start your hike.

Go thru the Locked gate and staying right follow the road to the second Locked gate in about 150 yds. Continue on the paved road for 4 miles to the summit. The pavement is broken for the first half but better conditioned and much steeper the second half.

Half way up you'll arrive at a bit of a plateau where there are numerous small and large abandoned/rotted buildings, location of an industrial manufacturing complex from the old days. I need to find out "what it was". On the summit you'll find more abandoned/rotted buildings, presumably part of the same industrial complex. I had read some where that the summit was being experimented for Wind Power but I didn't see any evidence of that.

Th highpoint was not evident so I tried to walk to every spot that looked like the highpoint. I believe it was on the left side of the road as you reach the top, a fairly thick bushwack. I went around in circles and I think I stepped on the high ground.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1733 ft / 528 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:paved road hike from locked gate at radar rd.
    Trailhead:on radar rd 4.5 miles N of Gallup Mills  1706 ft / 519 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
foggy, drizzly day with few hundred yds visibility

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