Ascent of Russell Mountain on 2012-09-20

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, September 20, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Russell Mountain
    Elevation:2402 ft / 732 m

Ascent Trip Report

Overgrown logging roads with some bushwacking ..... 2.5 miles, 2h40 hours RT

Last night I checked in at the Caribou Checkpoint on Golden Road, paid my 10$ camping fee and drove west for about 20 miles to a right turn on 490 Road, passed Russell Mountain Road to the right (9.44 miles), turned right onto an unsigned dirt road (5.22 miles from Russell Road). I zeroed my odo and continued:
0.00 M ... left 490 Road north on dirt road.
0.62 M ... stayed left at fork.
1.68 M ... stayed right at fork.
1.86 M ... stayed right at junction.
2.73 M ... stayed right
3.54 M ... parked my van, this was my TH, GPS 46.10890,-69.79900. I overnighted here last night, arriving in the dark.

The route that I took/describe here is shown on the Google Satellite map as good clean logging roads, well that is not the reality, today they are badly overgrown with chest high brush with some short open areas, luckily there was an animal path for most of the way to make things easier, except the last 400 yards where it was tough going.

I left my TH southeast on the logging road for .25 miles where the road turns south for another .4 miles to Point A (GPS read 46.10248,-69.79482). I turned right on a logging track, over a bump, 320 degree compass line for .2 miles to Point B (GPS 46.10373,-69.79791). Took a 340 degree line for .15 miles to just below the ridge where I turned sharply left and continued (no animal path) .25 miles to the summit, this last section being the worst.

The summit area is fairly rough looking and is regenerating itself, the HP is fairly obvious ..... a tiny canister installed by NR Person, Randolph, NH. hangs from a tree, I added a larger one in case the summit gets a whole bunch of visitors. My GPS 46.10222,-69.80112.


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:377 ft / 115 m
    Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route:overgrown logging roads from north side TH
    Trailhead:north shoulder at dirt road  2025 ft / 617 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:50 Minutes

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