Ascent of Cellar Mountain on 2008-09-07

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Sunday, September 7, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cellar Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3445 ft / 1050 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my TH at Moose River road I hiked the woods road to about 2900' elevation where you loose the road - overgrown and just a path. You come to an all fern section followed by a dense spruce woods with a tunnel like path. I started my bushwack just before the fern section, took a 255 degree compass reading. I followed the ridge, not difficult however I had to fight some dense spruce and had to negotiate a few rock ledges. I had to go over a few bumps on the way to the closed-in summit - no view what so ever. The short bushwack took me an hour.
For the quick descent I took a line more to the right of the ascent, more open and less spruce. A better route. I came out at the woods road about 600-700' down-path from the start point of my bushwack. The whole trip took me 2 1/2 hours.
Unless you are after the "100 Highest", the climb is not worth it.

Directions to the TH on Moose River road.
From the ADK village of Indian lake drive West on rte 28/30, cross the Cedar River and make a left on Cedar River road. Drive South-West for about 12.6 miles to Wakely Dam (passing the Mount Wakely TH on your right at 11.7 miles). There is a large open area here with free camping complete with toilets.
Continue on a South-West direction thru this open area (on some maps this is called Moose River road) and drive about 3.5 miles to a woods road on your right. This is your TH, park here.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:845 ft / 258 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:from moose river rd/woods rd/bushwack
    Trailhead:wakely dam at end of cedar river rd to moose river  2600 ft / 792 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp

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