Ascent of Phelps Mountain on 2010-08-29

Climber: John Sasso

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, August 29, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Phelps Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4160 ft / 1267 m

Ascent Trip Report

Despite operating on < 2 hrs of sleep, and perhaps feeling the effects of a night out at a sports bar w/ old high school chums the night before, this was a great hike!
Going by Marcy Dam (both to and fro) offered just superb views! Breathtaking. In my condition, going up Phelps was pretty slow-going (it seems). What a good, steep ascent up the mountain, though! Met a mother and kids at the summit, and a small group from Montreal (I gather, from the accents). Actually, a pretty short day - 5.5 hrs overall hike time.
I did Phelps again this winter. It was great hiking it in the snow, too!
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1982 ft / 604 m
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Very warm but clear day
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1982 ft / 604 m
    Distance:8.5 mi / 13.7 km
    Route:Phelps Mountain Trail via Van Hoevenberg Trail
    Trailhead:Adirondack Loj  2178 ft / 663 m
Descent Statistics

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