Ascent of Allen Mountain on 2012-08-26

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, August 26, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Allen Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4347 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

26th ADK Peak! We found ourselves with a free day to hike where we wanted to "take it easy and only get one peak in". We had several peaks lined up in the upcoming weeks and hiking Allen, therefore seemed like the ideal answer. 18 plus miles on a trail-less mountain said to have little views. Pondering this plan allowed me to realize how far we had progressed in exactly three short months when we began the ADK High Peaks with Cascade Mountain and four miles seemed like quite a bit to hike. We left from the trailhead junction around 7:00 am feeling energized and ready to hike! We returned approximately 12 hours later feeling broken and beat! Allen reminded me of one clear lesson that I have learned with the peaks: in the ADK's, distance can change greatly upon descent- or at least feel that way! On ascent I was impressed with our speed, calculating our pace, and thinking "we should be back to the car pretty quick if we keep this pace up- even if it is 18 miles". I actually started thinking about what we might do with the free time we hadn't calculated for in the afternoon. And then, at the 7 mile marker it felt like we hit a VERY large granite moss covered wall and (I at least) came to a screaching halt in my pace. The next 4 miles (the last 2 miles of ascent to the summit and the first 2 miles of decent) had me questioning if this would be the first hike where I used my headlamp to navigate back! The first 5 miles of Allen Mtn are very flat and open. Much of the trail is traversed through flat wooded area, a flat gravel road or an open field. In fact I did not feel as though we were actually ascending at all until the 7 mile marker. At the 7 mile marker the trail conditions change considerably and we were quickly introduced to the "slippery green slime" which a group of hikers had warned us about just before the Marcy trailhead junction. The trail quickly begins a steady ascent up Allen Brook though moss, and slippery water covered rocks. There are many fallen trees causing what I called "limbo logs"- they had fallen at an unfortunate level and were too tall for me to climb over so I was forced to pass underneath them like the limbo, however, having a pack on caused some difficulties and they felt like a nuisance. At the summit there is a wooden sign but no bench mark. Straight ahead views can be seen of Pyramid, Gothics and Sawteeth, Marcy, Haystack, Giant and Rocky Peak Ridge. Off a short distance from the other way you can see views of the Dix Range. We did not find Allen Mountain a difficult trail to navigate, thanks to the clearly defined herd path, flags, cairns and trail markers. The distance on descent felt taxing and Scott mistook the washed out bridge for our car it felt like a cruel joke someone had played on us. By the time we made it back to the trail register we were ready to throw our packs in the car and contemplate dinner plans!

Highlights: The views were significantly better than I had anticipated!, Meeting Darcy and George Long- fellow ADK hikers-hearing/sharing stories along the way is always great!, using our water filter for the first time, being able to change into sneakers on descent- trying to break in a new pair of hiking boots meant blisters!, low water levels meant easy brook crossings accessible completely by rock hopping, using the somewhat defunct floating bridge on Lake Jimmy on descent and taking off a bit of mileage and adding quite a bit in descent views!
Summary Total Data
    Route:Flowed Lands via Hanging Spear Falls Trail (123) t
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Sunny to Partly Cloudy, Warm
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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