Ascent of Saddleback Mountain on 2012-03-31

Climber: Mike Guethle

Others in Party:Andy Cassier
Date:Saturday, March 31, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Saddleback Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4528 ft / 1380 m

Ascent Trip Report

Left Garden lot at 8:30. Trail to JBL was really easy. Heading up Saddleback was rugged with all the Irene blowdown, and definitely got some weird new views. After topping out above the slide trail, we took lunch above the cliffs. Scrambling down the cliffs was not fun and, at times, quite dangerous. If I was solo, probably would have turned around. Up and over Basin was very easy, but my legs gave out at the summit. Coming down and over the Range trail was very difficult for me.

The 6.9 miles out were averaged at 20min miles, if you exclude the break at the warming hut. We stopped for water, but the folks there were mad cool.

I would suggest this only during summer or steady ice pack. We had nothing to grip on to going down the cliffs. Given it was 1/2 winter conditions, and it snowed the night before, we were prepared with gear, but not mentally, to be playing in the snow. Definitely one of the harder 16mi treks I've done, but definitely going back (maybe on different trails/weather)
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe, Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
Ascent Part of Trip: SaddleBasin NY (0 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Saddleback Mountain2012-03-31
2Basin Mountain2012-03-31

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