Ascent of Mount Adams on 2008-10-31

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, October 31, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Adams
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m

Ascent Trip Report

First hike of the season with snow on the ground on a typical ADK trail. The 3-4 inch snow fall of 3 days ago created a winter wonderland, the drooping snow laden evergreens and the bright sun made for a beautifull scene as I started out in the morning. However it wasn't long after that this scene would result in a very unpleasant day.
The ADK TH to the maintained trail starts South of Upper works in Tahawus, on East side of county road 25.

The warming sun created a very wet, slippery and treacherous trail, especially on the descent. You weren't sure of your foot planting because of the snow cover, every time you touched or grabbed for a tree branch for safety reasons you'd get a snow shower and at some places the trail became a small stream. I got one good soaker. Negotiating the rock faces on the upper part was dangerous, more so on the descent. It was here were I got really wet from the weighted tree branches that I had to reach-for in order to prevent a fall. By the way the floating bridge that you have to cross at Lake Jimmy is in real bad shape, requiring care.

The Fire Tower is safe to climb, however the high winds have blown off some of the wire protective fencing on the hand rails, so exercise caution especially when wet or covered with snow like today. I had to climb part way up the Fire Tower for outstanding views in all directions. Right in front of you to the N is Calamity Mountain, a future bushwack, behind are the high peaks, dominated by Algoquin and Marcy. Took photos.

I got back to the car completely soaked - like if someone sprayed me with a hose, I had to actually wring out some of my clothes. Even though it was a comfortable day my hands were ice cold. Not a fun outing.

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1737 ft / 529 m
    Distance:4 mi / 6.4 km
    Route:TH on E side of county rd 25, S of upper works
    Trailhead:adk essex county,upper works in tahawus, N of old   1783 ft / 543 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
sunny and warm, melted snow off the trees completely soaked me

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