Ascent of Blue Mountain on 2011-02-05
|Others in Party:||Niki Pavlak|
|Date:||Saturday, February 5, 2011|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3740 ft / 1139 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe started our hike at 11:30AM from State Route 28/30. There were a few other cars at the trailhead and the weather was clear, temperature in the teens. The trail had been packed down and and as we entered, we saw a couple walking out without snowshoes. About a mile up the trail, we saw another man coming down the mountain. He told us he didn't summit because he wanted to beat the weather that was on it's way in. Views were excellent on the way up and there were minimal clouds. We summited in about an hour and a half and met a group from Kingston, NY near the firetower. They were very friendly and their Rottweiler named Princess accompanied them. There were also four other hikers with cross country skis who looked to be attempting to ski down the back side of the mountain. We were up there for about five minutes before the snow came. As we climbed the firetower, it began to snow heavily and visibility was poor. We left after fifteen minutes on the summit. We made good time on the way down, sliding in our snowshoes during the steep parts. We found a lone gore-tex glove that we left at the sign in register. It was my first time hiking the mountain in snowshoes. Overall, it was a nice trip and I would do it again.
|Summary Total Data|
| Elevation Gain:||1559 ft / 475 m|
| Distance:||4 mi / 6.4 km|
| Trailhead:||2181 ft / 664 m|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Snowshoes|
| Nights Spent:||0 nights away from roads|
| Weather:||Snowing, Cold, Breezy, White-out|
Clear to Snowing
| Time Up:||1 Hours 30 Minutes|
| Time Down:||1 Hours |
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