Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2016-03-17

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Thursday, March 17, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dan and I hiked up with snowshoes borrowed from his friend, Dexter. They were more of running snowshoes than mountaineering snowshoes, but being that we didn't plan on hiking Sugarloaf until just a few days prior to this, it was our only option. We snowshoed up Windrow to Bullwinkle's and then we saw another guy snowshoeing up. We had originally planned to go up Timberline as the Ski Patrol had suggested earlier in the week, but we decided to follow this guy's route. He went up some maintenance trails and some closed trails and it seemed to be a more direct route than Timberline would have been. It was nice out, but getting colder as we got higher. About half way up between Bullwinkle's and the summit, I put on another layer and switched from light gloves to mittens. The forecast for the day called for afternoon passing showers and possible thunderstorms. As we got within a few minutes of the summit, it started to lightly snow. Then it got windy and the snow started to really come down. We got to the Ski Patrol shack at 3:59pm where 6 Ski Patrollers had just come out and were on their way down. We set down our packs and they patrollers came over to us and said we couldn't go to the top, it was closed and we had to head down. Both Dan and I protested that we were just going to hike to the top and come right down, put our skis on and ski down. They still said "no." We told them we just snowshoed up and only had a little farther to go, but they said no. So I told them I was working on my Northeast 115 and all I needed to do was to hike up to the summit, take a few pictures, and come right down. I wasn't going to be skiing off the back or anything. Finally one patroller said, "okay, but be quick. One Ski Patrol will stay up here and you have to check in with him once you're done." We said thanks!! and quickly hiked to the top. The snow storm was crazy! We took a few pictures and headed back down to put our skis on. I checked in with the patroller who said we had to ski down Tote Road; I told him "ok!, Will do!" It was pretty easy changing over from boots and snowshoes to ski boots and skis, but my hands got cold. So Dan opened up a pair of hand warmers for me. We got our skis on, put our uphill gear away and off we went down Tote Road. Both of us were really tired from skiing hard in the morning. Then with the snowshoes that did't have high heels, both of our calves were spent. Anyway, we skied down in about 15 minutes right to the car on Timbers Drive.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2198 ft / 669 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2198 ft / 669 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Overcast
15 minute blizzard while at top.
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2198 ft / 669 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Windrow to maintenance trails to summit
    Start Trailhead:Timbers Drive (condo parking lot)  2042 ft / 622 m
    Time:2 Hours 0 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2198 ft / 669 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Tote Road to Windrow
    End Trailhead:Timbers Drive (condo parking lot)  2042 ft / 622 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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