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Ascent of Mount Redfield on 2013-10-13

Climber: Mike & Aiden O'Connor

Date:Sunday, October 13, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Redfield
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

Redfield and Cliff

Route = Calamity Brook trail to second register, then around flowed lands to Colden Dam to Marcy/Opalescent trail towards Uphill lean-to where the Redfield/Cliif heard path starts, then to Redfield, back to split, then to Cliff, back to split, then return the same way we came

Distance round-trip (per GPS) = 19.0 miles

Total hike time (including stops) = 12.45 hours

Cumulative elevation gain (per GPS) = 4945 feet

Trailhead used = Upper Works at end of Upper Works road

Comments: Very, very long hike. We started at 7AM with temperature around 45F. The hike in to the 2nd register (about 2 hours) is fairly easy with gradual elevation gain. Lots of leaves on the ground, but not too many left on the trees. After the register we started to encounter lots of hikers and campers. We then preceded on to Colden Dam (about ½ hour) where we took some great pictures on a perfect day. Afterwards we went across the bouncing bridge (suspended bridge) and up the side of the Opalescent river which has some nice waterfalls. Around 10:30 we hit the cairn, near the Uphill lean-to, for the Redfield/Cliff herd-path. You pass the Cliff split-off cairn a few minutes later and then the climb to Redfield goes up a flowing stream bed . It is moderately steep and I was feeling very tired when we hit the peak at 11:53AM, just shy of 5 hours so far. There is a great place to sit on the back side of the peak with a perfect view of Allen. We enjoyed our lunch and rested for 30 minutes before heading down. We had some energy back and were ready for the cliffs of Cliff. We made quick time back to the Cliff cairn. Right afterwards we hit lots of mud. Then came the cliffs which were actually not bad at all. There are lots of trees and roots to hang onto, and you don't feel all that exposed like you do on Saddleback. Cliff has a false peak that you go over and down a little before hitting the true peak. There is also more mud here too. We made it right around 3PM. It's a nice cozy little peak with a couple fallen trees to sit on. The best views towards Marcy are just before the peak. We stayed only 10-15 minutes and headed down. We thought the walk out would be easy but then the fatigue set it. After the 2nd register we were in zombie mode and stumbled our way along. The walk out always seems way longer than the walk in. It was completely dark by 6:30 so we used our flashlights for the last hour or so. We made it out around 7:40PM and were famished and ready to drop.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Stream Ford
Ascent Part of Trip: Redfield and Cliff

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Redfield2013-10-13
2Cliff Mountain2013-10-13
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Mike & Aiden O'Connor
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