Ascent of Cliff Mountain on 2012-05-28

Climber: Michelle Gillin

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cliff Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3944 ft / 1202 m

Ascent Trip Report

I took the Calamity Brook trail to Flowed lands, then the Opalescent River trail to Uphill Brook. At that point I wasn't quite sure what to do and I bushwacked north along what I thought was the abandoned twin brook trail, but I got lost and lost my compass. Using the sun for guidance, I headed back north to get out and luckily soon came out on a herd path that seemed to be heading to the mountain, so I followed it. Sure enough, it soon went up a steep cliff and then down and up a little to the true summit. Going back down, I wasn't sure where this herd path would lead but it took me down to the Mount Redfield herd path next to Uphill Brook, so I got out fine.
For those planning on climbing Cliff Mountain, I can tell you now that this is how to do it: Go up the Redfield herd path until you get to a cairn with a rusty metal can in it. There, turn right onto another herd path that will take you through some muddy sections, then up a cliff, then down a little and up a little to the true summit. I was lucky that the weather was nice for me on this hike because there was a chance of afternoon thunderstorms.
Summary Total Data
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:Calamity Brook/Opalescent River
    Trailhead:Upper Works Trailhead  
Descent Statistics

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