Ascent of Phelps Mountain on 2017-08-13

Climber: Jason Rossman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 13, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Phelps Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

If I had known the Vanhoevenberg Trail was the most popular route up Marcy, I might have saved this one for a weekday. I got an early start, so the crowds weren't too bad at first. I was the first one on Phelps for the day. The summit was socked in clouds when I was there, but then of course they cleared out about 30 minutes after I left. Upon returning to the junction, I was met by the swarms of people headed up to Marcy. I hiked fast to get by them and quickly made the turn to Table Top to enjoy the peace and quiet again. A party of 4 was on their way down, but when I arrived at the summit I had it all to myself. Amazing views of Haystack and Marcy. Spent about 30 minutes up there before heading back down. I took the Lake Arnold Trail back to the ADK Loj to make a loop. A nice finish to a long weekend of hiking.

There were some DEC rangers at the Loj and I asked them why the names of the trails weren't on the signs (like they are in NH/ME/VT). A younger ranger said that's just how it's always been. An older, rough-around-the-edges ranger said it was more about the destination than where you were. I accepted his answer, though it would still be nice to know which trail you're on.

ADK 46ers #13 & 14
N.E. "115" 4Ks #80 & 81

Start: 6:50am
13.9 total miles
End: 2:20pm
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2049 ft / 624 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1397 ft / 425 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.6 mi / 9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2049 ft / 624 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:Vanhoevenberg Tr, Phelps Mt Tr
    Start Trailhead:ADK Loj parking  2111 ft / 643 m
    Time:2 Hours 3 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1397 ft / 425 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Phelps Mt Tr
    End Trailhead:2763 ft / 842 m
    Time:58 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Phelps/Table Top

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Phelps Mountain2017-08-132049 ft / 625 m
2Table Top Mountain2017-08-131650 ft / 503 m
Total Trip Gain: 3699 ft / 1128 m    Total Trip Loss: 3715 ft / 1133 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jason Rossman
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