Ascent of Tower Mountain on 2011-12-13

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Tower Mountain
    Elevation:2210 ft / 673 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hike, walk, and run in up to six inches of snow reaching Tower Mtn (1.27 miles / :45 min) via Tower Mtn Road and Taconic Crest Trail. From the summit which was sheltered warm to an open southern exposure, I looped along Pittsfield State Forest trails and roads with GPS across to Pine Mtn (2.31 / 1:40), Berry Mtn (3.64 / 2:20), Berry Hill (4.45 / 2:40), and back over the Taconic Crest Trail to Tower Mtn (5.82 / 3:25) and further along south to Smith Mtn (7.36 / 4:28) then by short bushwack from the Taconic Crest Trail to an old tote road up to a small patch of summit v-cleared of its snow by deer, plenty of sign wildlife otherwise in snow including bear. I enjoyed up high views all along the way mostly looking west and northward including the setting sun on my road downhill back (9.45 / 5:24).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1810 ft / 551 m
    Elevation Loss:1810 ft / 551 m
    Distance:9.4 mi / 15.2 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:910 ft / 277 m
    Distance:1.3 mi / 2 km
    Route:Tower Mtn Rd & Taconic Crest Trail
    Trailhead:Tower Mtn Road  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time Up:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1810 ft / 551 m
    Extra Gain:900 ft / 274 m
    Distance:8.2 mi / 13.2 km
    Route:Tower Mtn Tr, Pittsfield State Forest Rds & Trails
    Trailhead:Tower Mtn Road  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time Down:4 Hours 39 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Tower Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tower Mountain2011-12-13 a
2Pine Mountain2011-12-13 b
3Berry Mountain2011-12-13 c
4Berry Hill2011-12-13 d
5Tower Mountain2011-12-13 e
6Smith Mountain2011-12-13 f

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