Ascent of Spaulding Mountain on 2016-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Spaulding Mountain
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

Spaulding is easily attacked from the AT and we got it from the junction near Sugarloaf; thus, getting a twofer in the 4000 foot peak list. Despite the ease of getting the second one, there is a lot of up and down sawtooth hiking along the ridge of the AT in this stretch. The vertical drop along the east side of the ridge is steep. Unlike, Sugarloaf and Abraham, there is no view at the top of this peak and to really bum you out - even though it is on the 4000 foot list, there is a sign at the top saying it is actually something like 3,996 feet or something like that. Then it started to sprinkle on us. The rain was coming. We checked our watches. We had already hiked over 6 miles and a lot more to go but we were still making good time.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1095 ft / 333 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2350 ft / 716 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
60F and drizzle
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:585 ft / 178 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Start Trailhead:lowest saddle along AT near Spalding  3415 ft / 1040 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2350 ft / 716 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1840 ft / 561 m; Extra: 510 ft / 155m
    Gain on way out:510 ft / 155 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    End Trailhead:Caribou Valley Creek crossing  2160 ft / 658 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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