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Ascent of Hough Peak on 2011-09-24

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Saturday, September 24, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Hough Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4409 ft / 1343 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this on a lark and as a soft hike to get my hiking legs re-aquainted to the high peaks as I havent been hiking in a few months. Was a good choice, the hike from Elk Lake to Lillian Brook was a very nice, relaxed walk. Saw a few others along the way, mostly from Quebec. Started the hike with a mist but it got a little steadier throughout the rest of the hike. Cairns marked the Lillian Brook herd path and was very obvious. The trail was in great shape, and quite scenic even on this rainy day. The brook itself is gorgeous about .5mi up where you are hiking along side it, a few spots would make excellent swimming holes on a hot summer day. After the well defined (and cairned) fork, I took the left fork between the col of hough and pough. This was pretty steep and blood pumping!! Was relieved to see the fire ring of the camp site, had a snack and immediately started ascending Hough.

Hough was quite easy from the col. Was a steady gradual ascent, hit a rock outcropping which required some scaling and was pretty exposed and a bit scary to climb in the rain. Shortly after a walk in the woods beyond the cropping came the true summit, with a plastic yellow summit disc marked hough. There was no view due to the weather, and i was cold from the rain so didn't stay up there long. Rain stopped midway of the descent, and was very pleasant on return and went quickly. I dried out pretty quickly. I believe I hit the trail around 8am, and was back in the parking lot around 1.

Met a group of 46ers doing trail maintenance on the elk lake - marcy trail. Gave one of them a ride to their car near the northway.

Excellent short day hike.

Summary Total Data
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:lillian brook
    Trailhead:elk lake  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Exposed Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining



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