Ascent of Halcott Mountain on 2016-02-07

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, February 7, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Halcott Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m

Ascent Trip Report

We saw a few cars in the parking lot when we got there, but we never ran into anyone else while hiking. It was a clear, sunny day and the high was about 46F down at road-level, a bit cooler up top. So unseasonably warm for the beginning of February. Dan was completely surprised to see other cars in the parking lot for Halcott. He thought we were crazy and he didn't originally want to do this particular hike. I just wanted to be away from civilization and getting lost on a trail-less peak sounded like a fabulous idea. No, we didn't get lost, but it was still fun.

We saw the stone walls on the lower section of the mountain, but they went in different directions (some side to side and some up and down the hillside) and I forgot what exactly I read about them. So we continued up randomly through the woods. I knew we had to make our way southward towards the stream. We did so and found a herd path that went in and out. Then we came to the beginning of the stream -- it was a pretty cool area where the land flattened out for a bit in a semi-circle. And in the middle you could see where the stream just came out of nowhere from the ground. So cool.

From there, we went up. And soon ran into patches of iced over snow. At first, we tried to bare-boot it, but it soon occurred to me that if I fall and get hurt all while I have my MicroSpikes packed nicely in my pack, then that would make me an asshole. So I put on my spikes and from then on I had zero trouble with the icy patches. The patches grew to complete snow cover. The trail was steep; just like it said online. Steeper than I thought we would find today. I believe we went up a steeper section than I had read about because when we came to the head wall it was a shorter section and we just climbed right up. Online I had read how you're supposed to have to go along it for 100 yards or so to a shorter section. Oh well, I like the way we ascended.

Once we got up the head wall the canister was practically right there. It was crazy. We didn't have to search for it at all. What a lucky find! We signed to book and took some pics and headed down. We went down the ridgeline a bit towards Sleeping Lion, but decided not to hike it because we'd had a later start and we wanted to get home to see the SuperBowl. The trip down was lovely. What a fabulous hike...this is now one of my favorite hikes.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1735 ft / 528 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1735 ft / 528 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.7 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1735 ft / 528 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Start Trailhead:Parkin area on Route 42  1785 ft / 544 m
    Time:2 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1735 ft / 528 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    End Trailhead:Parking area on Route 42  1785 ft / 544 m
    Time:1 Hours 45 Minutes

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