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Ascent of Armstrong Mountain on 2016-06-18

Climber: Justin Metzger

Others in Party:P. Carroll
M. Flint
Date:Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Armstrong Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4429 ft / 1349 m

Ascent Trip Report

Perfect morning, lightly cloudy sky with highs expected to reach the 80s, great day to do the Lower Great Range. Signed in at the AMR gate at 7am, and got down to the end of the Lake road in under an hour. Was able to see the Indian head from the bridge, I'll stop on my hikes to Colvin and Blake. Sawteeth was the first stop from the Weld trail, the scenic trail could wait for another day. Only stayed for a moment at the summit looking North because the black flys were bad.

Went back down the ridge trail, up over Pyramid peak, which also had fantastic views, and over to Gothics. Some of the rock scrambles up Pyramid were a bit unnerving at times, but still doable because the rock was dry. Up until Gothics we still hadn't yet seen anyone. Snacked at the Gothics marker quick and took some pics before heading over to Armstrong. Easy hike over without any real challenging portions. On this section of the trail and the Armstrong summit, we ran into other hikers for the first time since we passed them on the way down the Lake Rd.

The decent from Armstrong was considerably more challenging and I definitely had a few unplanned butt slides down. The ladder marked about the end of it before heading up to Upper Wolf Jaw, which I missed the year prior, thinking Middle wolf jaw was the summit. Got up to the peak and took a picture looking down the trail to Middle and Lower Wolf Jaws for the sake of it.

After a quick bite, it was over middle to the wolf Jaws notch, and around the back way to the Lower Jaws trailhead. This trail was as steep as I can remember, and the summit left much to be desired. Given how buggy it was, we turned around quick and made our way to the wedge brook trail.

With a 10 minute stop at the Wedge Brook falls to refill water, we made it back to the lake road and to the car a little after 2pm. All told: 17 miles, 5200+ft gained, in about 7 hours.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Loss:305 ft / 92 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Descent (To Destination) Statistics
    Loss on way in:305 ft / 92 m
    Route:Ridge Trail
    Start Trailhead:Gothics Mtn  4734 ft / 1442 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Lower Great Range

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Sawteeth2016-06-182782 ft / 848 m
2Pyramid Peak2016-06-18496 ft / 151 m
3Gothics2016-06-18138 ft / 42 m
4Armstrong Mountain2016-06-180 ft / 0 m
5Upper Wolfjaw Mountain2016-06-18 
6Lower Wolfjaw Mountain2016-06-18 
Total Trip Gain: 3416 ft / 1041 m    Total Trip Loss: 2821 ft / 860 m



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