Ascent of Vanderwhacker Mountain on 2011-08-04

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Date:Thursday, August 4, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Vanderwhacker Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3409 ft / 1039 m

Ascent Trip Report

After a bone-rattling drive into the trailhead on Moose Pond Club Road and a nice conversation with DEC Forest Ranger Dell Jeffery at the trail register, I started the approximately 2.9 mile hike to the summit and fire tower of Vanderwhacker at approximately 11:30 A.M. All trail guides I've read are quite correct about this peak--once the elevation gain kicks in, it is relentless until you reach the summit. There were a number of wet patches in the largely-flat early sections of the trail; one of my favorite stream crossings was over a ramp-like log bridge about 15-20 minutes from the trailhead. The marsh and wetlands to the sides of the trail early on the hike were quite scenic and added a strong olfactory component to things. Following some modest elevation gain and just shy of 2,100 feet, you reach a cabin and ramshackle outhouse, after which the real climbing begins. Much like its southern neighbor Wakely Mountain, Vanderwhacker features the same basic trail personality--early, largely flat hiking with all of the elevation gain in the last 1 or so miles. A mixed, primarily deciduous forest gradually gives way to conifers near the summit. From spots on the ground at the summit and from the well-maintained fire tower, views were sublime. Santanoni, the MacIntyres, and the High Peaks all offered themselves up for scrutiny and photographs. Fire towers on a number of other peaks in the area (Snowy, Blue, Pillsbury and Wakely) were all visible with the use of binoculars. I spent nearly one-hour on the summit soaking up the views and meditating before heading back down, returning to the trailhead just shy of 4:30 P.M...
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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