Ascent of Rocky Peak Ridge-East Peak on 2015-07-18

Climber: Michael Vecchiarelli

Others in Party:Doug
Date:Saturday, July 18, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Rocky Peak Ridge-East Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4029 ft / 1228 m

Ascent Trip Report

The parking lot on Route 9 is easy to locate. And even on a Saturday in July there were only a few cars in the lot. This should have been a warning that this was going to be a challenging hike.

The trail is beautiful but very difficult. If you are not in good trail shape, don't even attempt it. I've hiked a lot, and some in the high peaks region and I found this to be the most difficult maintained trail in the high peaks so far. Basically, it kicked our butts. It is constantly going up, up, up, up and up with a couple cols after Bald peak and a couple other spots, so you get to go up some more.

There are absolutely great views to be had, wild blueberries to eat and plenty of great spots to rest, have a snack or drink. But be prepared for a long, challenging day. My one friend said, "this is like climbing up a building."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:4029 ft / 1228 m
    Total Elevation Loss:4029 ft / 1228 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.2 mi / 18 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:4029 ft / 1228 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route:Blueberry Cobbles, Bald Peak
    Start Trailhead:Route 9  0 ft / 0 m
    Time:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:4029 ft / 1228 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    End Trailhead:Route 9  0 ft / 0 m
    Time:3 Hours 

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