Ascent of Squaw Cap Mountain on 2016-08-21

Climber: Dave Ward

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 21, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Squaw Cap Mountain
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:1585 ft / 483 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arguably a racially-sensitive name for this mountain, it had nonetheless been on my "to do" list for awhile. The only day available for me to do it was on a hot August day when the temp was 28 C with the humidity making it feel like 33 C.

From my research beforehand, it would appear that there are several trails, but most hikers and snowshoers seem to take the route with the trail head located at the south end of the Prickett Rd. (which is a crescent), near the intersection of Hwy 17. The trail is essentially a road best left to ATVs or 4x4 vehicles to negotiate, unless you're hiking it. There are no signs indicating that this is a trail that will get you to the summit. The road is shaded by the surrounding trees, for about half of the trail anyway, offering some relief on this hot day.

The trail winds up and down for the first 1.3 km, before you arrive at a T-intersection. Turn left and continue another 1.65 km up a medium-grade rise in the elevation, before encountering the first of two other branching roads coming from the east end of the mountain. Remain on the main road to the left. From this point until you reach the summit, the road has noticeably more loose rock, and it gets noticeably steeper. It continues this way for the next 850 m, before finally reaching the summit.

It took me 1hr 15min to ascend, which included a few rest stops along the way, and 50 min to descend. The only other person I saw on the mountain this day was an ATV-er who passed me going down as I was still ascending.

This trail also seems to be popular for snowshoeing during the winter.
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Squaw Cap Mountain appears unusually prominent for a peak in eastern Canada (2016-08-20). Photo by Dave Ward.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1277 ft / 389 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.8 mi / 7.8 km
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1254 ft / 382 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:From Prickett Rd.
    Start Trailhead:South end of Prickett Rd near intersection with Hw  331 ft / 100 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Ascent (From Destination) Statistics
    Gain on way out:23 ft / 7 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Same as going up.
    End Trailhead:South end of Prickett Rd near intersection with Hw  1608 ft / 490 m
    Time:50 Minutes

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