Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2013-11-09

Climber: Cassie Glanton Holzhauer

Others in Party:Brendan Holzhauer
Stephanie Ernestus
Date:Saturday, November 9, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sugarloaf Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3800 ft / 1158 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked Sugarloaf & Plateau on 11/9/13 ... sunny day, couple inches of snow up on the mountains. We parked at Roaring Kill Road and did the loop ... took Pecoy Notch to Devil's Path, to summit of Sugarloaf then over to Plateau, back down Plateau to the blue Mink Hollow path which led us back out to the car.

Overall, it was a nice hike and a great day to be hiking. Going up Sugarloaf was good conditions - although there was snow we didn't need our microspikes. Coming down Sugarloaf was a different story. It was still fine conditions, just a bit more icy. We started off bare-boot and while we probably could have kept going without, once we put on microspikes we remembered how easy they make it, so we were able to pick up some speed (seems to happen every season). I'd say you could do the hike without traction at this point (and in fact we saw some people with sneakers on - which I wouldn't recommend to anyone!), but it's going to be much easier and safer with it. And of course this time of year - the trail might be totally iced over in just a few days!

Once down to the junction and heading up to Plateau, we took off the traction until coming back down. This side of Plateau was like up Sugarloaf - less ice and more smooth going. And the hike out on Mink's Hollow went smoothly as well. I was happy to see that all the trails are really well marked along here.

Started the hike around 9:10, and finished around 4:30. All three of us have been pretty out of shape lately, and two of us were sick, so this timing is with a very reasonable pace. Although there are no views at either summit, the views along the hike make it worth it, and we all found the Devil's Path to be pretty fun!
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