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Ascent of Champlain Mountain on 2017-09-17

Climber: jeff branin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 17, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Champlain Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

Once into the park I traveled the one way two lane Park Loop Road to the Precipice Trail parking lot and trail head. A big sign alerts drivers. The parking lot will likely be full on summer weekends when the trail is open to hikers. The park service allows parking within the right lane of the loop road and that is where I parked and then walked back and thru the parking lot to the trail head. The hike starts out easy enough, but within a 1/4 mile you arrive at a short wall. Good place to turn around if you have difficulties getting up that. The trail then heads up a steep boulder field and as the trail traverses a bit of tunneling is required. Trail goes level and downhill for a while before reaching a junction a half mile from the summit. I continued to go up via a series of iron rungs and ladders. A hiker back at the junction could also go right and follow a much longer but less airy trail to the summit.

Was foggy when I started, but that had burned off by the time I summited. Lots of folks on top. Rather humid conditions. I think I sweated more in the hour going up than I did all morning going up to South Elbert the week before. I returned to car by going back down the Precipice trail.
Summary Total Data
    Grade/Class:3
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail



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