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Ascent of Round Mountain on 2013-06-09

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Karen Musser <3472>Sarah Musser

Willie-Weimaraner Musser
William Musser -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Karen Musser
David Musser
Daniel Musser
Date:Sunday, June 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Round Mountain
    Location:USA-Connecticut
    Elevation:2293 ft / 698 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the lot on the right and walked up to the historic CT-MASS state marker and found the AMC trail blazed red heading west. The trail was a gushing river of water as it had rained all week and we ankle deep water more much of it. This was the first leg of the journey bordering two states on the way to Round Mountain. Winding in and out of CT and MASS there is trail to the left that swings you West to SW back into CT and over to Round Mountain. The steep section of the hike ascends some nice rock that is not quite a scramble for most people (although I saw a lot of people using there hands) but it is steep enough and the steps high enough our 5 month old puppy Weimeraner "Willie" was not able to make many of the moves and we had to assist him by pushing his rump or carrying him up and over rocks. At 45 pounds that got to be intersting. Other more mature dogs had little problem with their footing.

We met up with an AMC guide with his shirt and patch and a friend and their 2 Jack Russels but he was having trouble finding the trail to Frissell as their are a number of highly used routes on the top of Round Mtn. He insisted we were in Massachutes still and corrected him with my far more detailed database of peakbagger maps that only a peakbagger would bring and ensured him we were in CT.

Some nice views from Round Mtn and exposed rock. Dipping NE down the saddle shown on the USGS the climb up Frissell takes you back into MASS and is a little easier on the puppy to "scramble" up and you can wind your way to the CT state HP if you keep on the trails but it is on the south shoulder of Frissel and adequatley marked and was well used the day we were there.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:493 ft / 150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:158 ft / 48 m
    Round-Trip Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 and 2+
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
65 F and sunny
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:473 ft / 144 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 463 ft / 141 m; Extra: 10 ft / 3m
    Loss on way in:10 ft / 3 m
    Distance:0.7 mi / 1.1 km
    Route:Red Blaze Tr
    Start Trailhead:AMC Parking Lot CT side  1830 ft / 557 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:148 ft / 45 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 128 ft / 39 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Gain on way out:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:0.2 mi / 0.3 km
    Route:Red Blaze Tr
    End Trailhead:Saddle between peaks  2165 ft / 659 m
Ascent Part of Trip: CT Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Round Mountain2013-06-09 a493 ft / 150 m
2Mount Frissell2013-06-09 b286 ft / 87 m
3Mount Frissell-South Slope2013-06-09 c52 ft / 16 m
4Mount Frissell2013-06-09 d91 ft / 28 m
5Round Mountain2013-06-09 e158 ft / 48 m
6Bear Mountain2013-06-09 f663 ft / 202 m
Total Trip Gain: 1743 ft / 531 m    Total Trip Loss: 1738 ft / 529 m



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