Ascent of Lone Mountain on 2015-09-27

Climber: David Leone

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, September 27, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lone Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3721 ft / 1134 m

Ascent Trip Report

Unfortunately, I wasted 3.4 miles going up to the Curtis-Ormsby trail junction and back down to the Table Mountain trail which I took to the fisherman's path along the east branch Neversink River which is a really pretty area. I passed the Donovan Brook drainage where one would normally start the climb to Lone Mountain with the hope of continuing up the Neversink to the drainage of the col between Lone and Rocky.Spied a bear padding through the woods on the other side of the river at the rock strewn bend, so soon after that I started up the col. Tried to make my way east toward Rocky and ran into a choke of balsam fir saplings. Upon exiting that I found myself at a higher elevation than Rocky on the eastern flank of Lone. It being 4:00 already and faced with a steep descent to the col and another mile+ to climb Rocky, the decision was made for me. I climbed the last 150 summit and found the canister. Descent was fairly easy down the ridge east of Donovan Brook drainage. Still with the extra 3.4 miles, it was a long 13 mile hike, and I didn't bag Rocky(Damn!)
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1576 ft / 480 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Table Mtn.trail-fisherman's path
    Trailhead:Denning Rd.  2145 ft / 653 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
beautiful hiking day
Ascent Statistics
    Time:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 

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