Ascent of Allen Mountain on 1988-10-09

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose with new friends - Dave Mack
Chuck Muhtanen & Joan Dean. My 42nd
Date:Sunday, October 9, 1988
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Allen Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4347 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

A herd path climb to the summit of Allen from Twin Brook Lean-to ..... 8 miles, 6 1/2 hours RT.
The total day including the summit/walk out to the TH ..... 14 miles, 9 hours RT.

A 2 day hike where we would meet new friends .... David Mack, Joan Dean and Chuck Muhtanen who were also on their way to Allen.

Yesterday (8 miles, 5h20 hours) we drove down to the Upper Works TH and hiked in via Flowed Lands/Hanging Spears Falls to Twin Brook Lean-to where we overnighted with the 3 new friends noted above, David and Chuck were after their 46th. .... they would end up being exceptionally good to us. They introduced us to the Catskills 3500 Club, David let us use his Cottage at Hunter NY, Joan led a number of Catskills hikes.

We got up early after a very cold night to a dusting of snow on the ground and on the trees .... it will be a wet one.

We summitted Allen after a 4 hour climb.

My new friends did the leading, the herd path even though flagged was hard to follow at the beginning (leaves/snow didn't help), once past Twin Brook however it was easy to follow.
The tough climbing starts after Allen Brook, today it was cold/wet/muddy and miserable. For the most part the herd path stays right of the brook.
Near the top we lost the path and bushwacked towards the south summit before finding our way to the actual summit.

We took a long snack/picture break, signed the register. The name in the register before our new friends (David, Chuck and Joan) was Pat Beaudet (her 2nd time up).

Back down to the Twin Brook Lean-to in 2 hours, where we packed up and left the Lean-to before our friends. The walk out to the Upper Works TH took 2h20 hours.


Summary Total Data
    Distance:8 mi / 12.9 km
    Route:herd path/lower twin brook/xcountry/allen brook
    Trailhead:Twin Brook Lean-to  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Low Clouds

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