Ascent of Ampersand Mountain on 2013-06-18
|Others in Party:||Phil Robbins----Only Party on Mountain|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 18, 2013|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3314 ft / 1010 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove 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
| Time Up:||2 Hours 42 Minutes|
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