Ascent of Green Mountain on 2016-06-25

Climber: Jared Whalen

Date:Saturday, June 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Green Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3960 ft / 1207 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a quick side trip up Owls' Head Lookout, proceeded onto the lean-to junction. I was using Spencer's Other 54 guidebook, and I found his route a bit off on this one. While there were patches of ferns, these patches were often riddled with foot catching blowdown underneath, brambles, and other assorted prickers. Thick stands of evergreen seem to pop up out of nowhere every so often, and deadfall is legion on this hill.
Perhaps there's a more open route, but I didn't find it going up, except in spots. The summit is riddled with deadfall, and it helps to angle to one side or the other and come up the ridge, as there are several fortress like thickets that aren't worth forcing your way through. There are some deer trails going up the mountain, but they don't last for long. There's a defined path cutting down the ridge heading east, but I didn't follow this, as I didn't know how long that would take me to get down. I took a more direct line back to the trail veering slightly left from the summit, and didn't have any better luck with the evergreens, though there were a few more drainages that opened things up. Overall hike about 13 miles, took 6.5 hours. Took 1.5 hours just to go up and down Green. Seriously -- not what I expected in this part of the Giant Wilderness. Ended up bushwhacking about 1.2-1.4 miles in total.
Not much to write home about from the top, but some of the fern/raspberry/pricker fields have some open views of the slides on Giant, which were worth it.
Normally I don't bring poles on bushwhacks, but I was glad I had them here. Collapsed em down to their shortest and had to use them like axes coming up some of these step slopes, and very useful for testing the consistency of the ground -- lots of high routes here that'll sink and trap your leg if you're not careful.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear

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