Ascent of Santanoni Peak on 2012-07-05

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Emay and Kaerstin
Date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Santanoni Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

Santanoni, Couchsachraga, Panther
Kaerstin, Emay and I started down the road at 8:35 am on a partly cloudy, but very warm morning. The road walk was very quick and easy and we reached the Bradley Pond trail at 9:05.
The trail starts out very nice, but soon turns in to a very wet trail, but there are plenty of rocks and logs to keep us out of the mud. The bugs were annoying, but not horrible. We took a nice break along the brook just to cool off a bit. It felt very good!
We arrived at the cairn marking the Santanoni Express at 10:05, and I quickly lost the trail when we ended up in what looks like a camping spot. A little bushwhack and we soon found the Express once again.
We got to the end of the Santanoni Express at 11:40. It is getting pretty hot and there is just a slight breeze to keep us cool. The top of the express is pretty narrow with lots of branches from the scrub brush in the ‘trail’. We had some nice views in the valley and could see the mining operation below. At 11:45 we were on the peak of Santanoni where we had a quick sandwich and chips. Took in some of the views, we were able to see the ‘little’ Couch down the ridge from Panther. We were back on the trail at 12:05 and soon ran into Dave and Tom as they too were hiking the Santas today.
The HP from Santanoni to Times Square is fine, but I did take a pretty direct fall to the butt on a rock that didn’t look all that slippery. We were at the square around 12:55pm.
We were on top of Couch at 2:25 pm, after a very long descent and a couple of false peaks on the ascent. The swamp in the col wasn’t that bad, oh sure it was really wet, but I thought it would be a much longer crossing. I took the time to get a temperature reading at the summit, in the sun the digital thermometer read 93 deg F!! Way too hot for me. There really isn’t much to see from the summit, except for from where we came! While we ate a few snacks and drank liquids, Dave and Tom once again joined us at the summit.
We were back at time square at 3:45pm, no one fell in the muck at the swamp so no problems. We are quickly at the summit of our 3rd peak for the day at 4:00pm. Panther’s summit is completely treed and we couldn’t see a thing. But maybe 20 meters from the summit is a nice open ledge where we had nice views of Santanoni and the Seward Range, which we have yet to visit. We relaxed for a bit and had some snacks before heading down for the long trip back to the car at 4:20pm.
Coming off of Panther was very steep and just a bunch of rock hoping down Panther Brook. At least it was dry son the footing was stable, but after awhile the ol’ knees really started to hurt. Once we got low enough to where there was some good water flow, we pumped some nice cold water which really tasted good as we had gone into water ‘conservation’ mode a couple of hours ago. The last half of the herd path was pretty good, easy traveling.
At 6:00pm we were successfully across Bradley Pond via the beaver dam and back on the Bradley pond trail. We reached then end of the trail and started back down the road at 7:15pm. Everyone seemed to have a ‘little extra” left and the pace quickened considerably. We arrived at the car at 8:15pm and fired up the grill for some well deserved hot dogs. (Note to self: Next time bring the frying pan, you can’t expect there will be a group of campers in the parking lot that will lend you one!)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 884 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Clear and Hot
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2900 ft / 884 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Road - Bradley Pond Tr- Santanoni Express HP
    Trailhead:Upper Works Parking  1706 ft / 519 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Santanonis

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Santanoni Peak2012-07-05 a
2Couchsachraga Peak2012-07-05 b
3Panther Peak2012-07-05 c
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