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Ascent of Mount Greylock on 2015-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Karen Musser
Date:Thursday, June 11, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Greylock
    Location:USA-Massachusetts
    Elevation:3487 ft / 1062 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove out of Adams down West Mountain Road and parked at the first parking lot. Some maps suggest this is the trail head for Cheshire Harbor Trail but actually this is the Gould Trail. Both trails run parallel to each other but the trail shown on the USGS map as Cheshire Harbor slightly to the south of this trail is the actual Cheshire Harbor Trail. This is not made clear with many sources I read but the signage on the trail itself clarifies that the trail to the north is Gould. Not realizing we were on the Gould Trail, we made a right turn at one of the junctions since we did not think we were on the Gould and ended up heading nearly due north. Realizing our mistake, we backtracked and as a result added more time, distance, and vertical to our hike by mistake.

Willie had a great time and there was a lot of creeks along the trail for him to drink from. This is a steep heavily wooded trail and there are no views until you reach the summit. There are nice views over the ski slope just beyond the memorial beacon tower.

This was my 33rd state HP and Karen's 16th.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2407 ft / 732 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2407 ft / 732 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Hot
79F humid
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2267 ft / 690 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2107 ft / 642 m; Extra: 160 ft / 48m
    Loss on way in:160 ft / 48 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 5.9 km
    Route:Gould Trail, side trail, Gould Trail
    Start Trailhead:parking lot for Gould  1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2247 ft / 684 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2107 ft / 642 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m
    Gain on way out:140 ft / 42 m
    Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Route:Gould Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking Lot  1380 ft / 420 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes



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