Ascent of Cliff Mountain on 2010-08-25

Climber: Tomoko Nakajima

Others in Party:Ken Hodges
Date:Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cliff Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3944 ft / 1202 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is Day-2 hike during our ADK camping/hiking event.

Hiked to Cliff Mtn with Ken.H after peakbagged Redfield. It was raining and it was a tough hike because of weather. Also, herd path was VERY muddy! Yikes!

We woke up a bit late morning, 7AM. (We were supposed to be up at 6AM). We packed our tent and stuffs into backpack and we decided to move into Lean-to at 8AM. Luckily, Ken found one empty Lean-to after yesterday's hike around 7PM. Since we were so tired, we decided to sleep in the tent one more day last night. Because of our basecamp movement and water filtering process, we could left Lean-to around noon time. We were not sure at that time if we can grab both Redfield and Cliff in a day(within 7 hours or so).

We hiked Opalescent Br Trail from Lean-to at 12:10PM. Yesterday, we found cairns near by Up-Hill Lean-to and I way-pointed on my GPS just in case. So it wasn't difficult to get there again which was 1:10PM. We took South on herd path from there, hiked about 2 miles to get to the summit of Redfield at 2:45PM. The path itself wasn't really difficult to follow because of too many footprints on muddy ground. This hike wasn't totally pleasant simply because of bad weather. Both Ken and I were soaked wet but it was very good that we peakbagged it as planned.

Then, we came back to the junction of the 2 herd paths(one is for Cliff and another is for Redfield) where there was some metal plates. I took a pic when Ken was holding these metal plates at cairns. This was 4:30PM already. We knew that it gets dark before 8PM these days, so we debated if we want to try out Cliff summit or not. We thought it would be good if we could come back here within 2 hours or so. Then, we thought we can go back to lean-to with headlamp without much difficulty. So our target to reach to Cliff summit was 5:30PM, but, we spent a little bit longer for hike in and we got there at 5:35PM which wasn't really bad at all. There were some rocky sections where I needed to ask Ken to pull me up. That's maybe why this mountain was called as "Cliff".
The herd path goes through 2 peaks at Cliff and we noticed that we needed to go to further point as the highest peak of Cliff. We did that and we came back the junction of 2 herd paths at 6:40PM.

I was so tired with 2 herd paths hike to Redfield(4606 ft) and Cliff (3844 ft) at the end of the day, but, we tried to keep strady fast pace as much as possible. We came back to Lean-to at 7:40PM without headlamp turned on. When we got there, we saw 1 young couple squeezed in our "sweet home" lean-to. They were actually very nice couple and we enjoyed company at that night.

Again, I was so tired and I couldn't prep any supper. Kent made tuna sandwich for me. (Thanks Ken!) At 9PM, bear came to our bear cannister and pushed down one of them. We made a noise and he ran away once. But he (or some another bear) came back and he attached hanging net which only contained garbage and vodka. Hanging net was teared off by bear and garbages were sprinkled around but our foods were all safe.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1144 ft / 349 m
    Route:Opalescent Br Tr, Herd Path
    Trailhead:Colden Dam Lean-to  2800 ft / 853 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Tent Camp
    Weather:Raining, Cool, Breezy, White-out
Ascent Part of Trip: ADK camping 2010 (4 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Skylight2010-08-24
2Mount Marcy2010-08-24
3Gray Peak2010-08-24
4Mount Redfield2010-08-25
5Cliff Mountain2010-08-25
6Algonquin Peak2010-08-26
7Wright Peak2010-08-26
8Boundary Peak2010-08-26
9Iroquois Peak2010-08-26
10Mount Marshall2010-08-27

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