Ascent of Jay Peak on 2011-07-22

Climber: Ryan Aschbrenner

Date:Friday, July 22, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Jay Peak
    Elevation:3858 ft / 1175 m

Ascent Trip Report

I ascended this peak along the Long Trail, which I picked up at Route 242 south of the Jay Peak ski area entrance. There is a trailhead parking area along the road, at the top of a hill. At first, I stopped in a nearby parking lot at the bottom of a hill, and wasted some time looking for the trailhead that wasn't there.

The ascent begins as a generally easy stroll, but the second half is steeper and requires some climbs or high step-ups over exposed rock. Eventually you have to climb over some pipes that provide water to the ski area snowmaking equipment (I assume), and then you cross a ski run before making the final push to the summit over several more areas of exposed rock. The summit is next to a large building at the top of the gondola and it is idenfied with a survey maker.

The are summit views in all directions. The adjacent mountain called Big Jay looms, and after a short rest I began the trek over to bag that one. From Jay Peak, Big Jay appears high and distant; clearly the hike over would not be easy.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1658 ft / 505 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1658 ft / 505 m
    Route:Long Trail
    Trailhead:Long Trail TH on Rte. 242  2200 ft / 670 m
Descent Statistics

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