Ascent of Allen Mountain on 2010-09-11

Climber: Austin Black

Others in Party:Andy Cassier
Cyrus Schenck
Sawyer Sutton
Steph Solla
Chris Frewin
Date:Saturday, September 11, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Allen Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4347 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

Departed campus at 4:00am in two separate cars with a party of eight. Stopped at Stewart’s in Tupper Lake, and got held up by a border patrol checkpoint. On the way, we were excited to see the thermometer in Andy’s Volvo dip to a chilly 32, which rose back to around 42 before we hit the trail at 6:30. The hike in over Lake Jimmy up to the Opalescent Brook was very flat along some fairly well maintained gravel roads. The mist on the water was picturesque in the morning, though crossing the Opalescent left us with fairly numb feet for a few minutes afterward. The trail continued on flat through some brush and fields, and we reached the junction with the herd path with very little ascent. Other than some small undulations in the trail, the hike was mostly flat over Skylight Brook, and Colton Brook, but began to climb quite steeply after we crossed Allen Brook. The slide here was very slippery with much of the infamous red slime covering the rock. At a slow pace, we were able to conquer the slide and reach the summit just after 11. Short trails lead to some excellent lookouts of the crystal clear view, especially toward Marcy, Skylight, and Panther Gorge. We spent about an hour eating lunch, and shared the summit with one other solo hiker who we saw for much of the day there on out. Descending the slide wasn’t as tricky as we thought it may be, the warm sun had dried off much of the slippery rock for us. The descent and flat hike out were fairly uneventful, and the weather continued to be gorgeous for the remainder of the day. We were once again stopped at the same spot by border patrol, we surmised that it must have had something to do with the fact that it was September 11th.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2650 ft / 807 m
    Distance:18.8 mi / 30.3 km
    Route:Allen Herd Path
    Trailhead:Upper Works  1697 ft / 517 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:4 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:4 Hours 30 Minutes

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