Ascent of Ampersand Mountain on 2013-06-18

Climber: Mark Prier

Others in Party:Phil Robbins
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Ampersand Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove our car down from Meadowbrook Campground, taking Road #3 down from Saranac Lake. Parked in the lot for the Middle Saranac Lake beach trail, which is directly across the road from the Ampersand Mountain Trail. We arrived in the lot at 8:30 am. Only other hiker was a man and his dog, who went ahead and were coming back down before we made the summit.

A nice gradual start through some nice forest, walking alongside the sound of warblers singing. A brief time alongside and over some streams. The trail was very muddy, but we were ready for it. The steepness increased dramatically without either of us noticing. Before long, we were remembering what a hike in the mountains is like.

Had the summit to ourselves for an hour and a half, which was really special. I've read that this summit has one of the best views in the Adirondacks. While I can't say otherwise (this was my first ADK hike), I have a feeling it's likely true.

Nobody else was on the trail until we had started our descent.

Weather at start was rainy, but it soon stopped. Cloudy and overcast for the remainder, but with perfectly unimpeded summit views. Descent was clear and sunny, making for a muggier hike down.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1932 ft / 589 m
    Distance:5.6 mi / 8.9 km
    Route:Ampersand Mountain trail
    Trailhead:Ampersand Mountain Trailhead  1382 ft / 421 m
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Weather at start was rainy, but it soon stopped. Cloudy and overcast for the remainder, but with per
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:2 Hours 42 Minutes

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