Ascent of Big Crow Mountain on 2017-08-23

Climber: François Lefebvre

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Big Crow Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2815 ft / 858 m

Ascent Trip Report

Start 7:15, end 16:15.
Hiked the whole Big Crow loop, starting from the parking lot at the O'Toole road. Went up to Big Crow where the map, as well as the Garmin GPS shows that the trail starts at a 90 degree angle at the top. This is not correct! The rail splits below the Big Crow mountain, more like a fork where, well below the top, it turns to the right. I have lost at least 45 minutes trying to find the trail on top of Big Crow. I even walk about 200 feet on the way down onto the trail going to the Little Crow. However the trail taking you to the Soda range is magnificent. It is very narrow, almost a herd path, with tree branches brushing off of you all the way. Very nice forest, almost magical, really beautiful walk alone in a dense forest. The Soda range is however very demanding for a guy with a prosthesis. The Nun-Da-Ga-O ridge has lots of turns, ups and downs, rocks and very steep climbs between rocks. It was as beautiful as challenging to me. The Coal Dirt Hill is before Weston. Then I went to the Weston Mount which is not identified and fully covered by trees, but I could take a nice picture of the Lost pond down below. The way down the Weston mountain towards Bisemeyer memorial is steep. Once you get to the Biesemeyer lean-to the trail changes drastically and becomes large, well maintained and comfortable, from the Biesemeyer memorial to the O'Toole parking lot it is a very ease, nice trail, between the Gulf brook and the O'Toole parking road it is more like a walk in the park.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
Descent Statistics
    Distance:6.1 mi / 9.8 km
    Time:9 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: 2017-08 Big Crow

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Coal Dirt Hill2017-08-23 
2Nun-Da-Ga-O Ridge2017-08-23 
2Big Crow Mountain2017-08-23 
4Weston Mountain2017-08-23 

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