Ascent of Graham Mountain on 2012-03-15

Climber: John Sasso

Others in Party:solo
Date:Thursday, March 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Graham Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3868 ft / 1178 m

Ascent Trip Report

This morning I hiked Graham and Balsam Lake from Mill Brook Rd.

For both, the trails were pretty much mushy snow (marshmallows, mashed potatos, etc - take your pic). I wore microspikes for the entire hike. The trail for Graham was obvious and rather well-packed but nearing the summit I was post-holing (!!@^%$!*). On the way to Balsam Lake from the junction was similar, except I did even MORE post-holing (double-!!@^%$!*). Despite that, it was pretty mild out and sunny, mostly clear skies. Views from the BL firetower were much better than when I hiked in last Dec. (to complete the ADK Fire Tower Challenge).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2670 ft / 813 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2670 ft / 813 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route:Mill Brook Rd trail
    Trailhead:Mill Brook Rd  1198 ft / 365 m
    Time Up:4 Hours 
Descent Statistics

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