Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2016-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Elevation:4240 ft / 1292 m

Ascent Trip Report

Daniel and I wanted to get a good training day in but we had to beat the bad weather coming in. We left the house around 5:30 AM and arrived in the area and found the potential TH. One could park and leave from the AT parking, or from the Sugarloaf Mtn. Parking area or; one can leave from Caribou Valley maintenance road. We chose to drive up about 3 miles up Caribou Valley Road and park before the parking area near the green gate. There were cars at the parking area by the time we got there.

We hiked up the road a half mile till we found the white blaze of the AT and headed left (East). We soon forded the Caribou Valley Creek and then headed up a very steep section of the AT. Coming down your realize how steep this section is especially in the rain. after about 2.5 miles there is a nice sign sending you either half mile up Sugarloaf or 2 miles to the summit of Spaulding. We chose to do both.

The summit of this CHP is cluttered with ski buildings, towers and other man-made junk. A nice view but cluttered.

On the way up we met a very interesting man. His name was Dan and he was hiking the AT by himself. He had started at Springer in GA and was hiking it solo to deal with his PTS. He had been an officer in the Army in Afghan and had watched 5 of his men under his command die. Turned over vehicle, IUDs, and a fire fight. He knew the name and date of each casualty and he said he continued to question was there anything he could have done to change their fate. He was doing the AT for himself and to honor his men and he said that Memorial Day had been tough on him on the trail. Despite this he was a very friendly and cheerful man and we were glad he was able to get "therapy" by taking about it and enjoying the great outdoors. We talked for awhile, thanked him for his service and bid him safe travels. I am always humbled and saddened by such experiences. I am also once again encouraged by the quality of officer we employ in our armed services - he was a heck of nice guy. It took a couple of miles of hiking to to shake the discussion details from bouncing around in my brain and then off to Spaulding....

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2530 ft / 770 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1215 ft / 369 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2325 ft / 708 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2140 ft / 652 m; Extra: 185 ft / 56m
    Loss on way in:185 ft / 56 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:AT and AT spur trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking before Gate on Caribou Valley Road  2100 ft / 640 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1030 ft / 313 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 825 ft / 252 m; Extra: 205 ft / 62m
    Gain on way out:205 ft / 62 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    End Trailhead:Lowest Saddle along AT to Spalding  3415 ft / 1040 m
Ascent Part of Trip: ME-2016-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Sugarloaf Mountain2016-06-11 a2530 ft / 771 m
2Spaulding Mountain2016-06-11 b1095 ft / 334 m
3South Crocker Mountain2016-06-11 c1960 ft / 597 m
Total Trip Gain: 5585 ft / 1702 m    Total Trip Loss: 5585 ft / 1702 m

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