Ascent of Round Mountain on 2016-03-09

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Round Mountain
    Elevation:2293 ft / 698 m

Ascent Trip Report

From my parking spot off East St, just before the barricade after the MA/CT line, I got out and poked around a bit, looking for the trail to Frissell/Round ect. I saw a trail heading west into the woods, but it wasn't marked, so I thought it was a dud. Plus, I thought I read somewhere that the trailhead was farther south of the state line, so I walked Mt. Washington Rd. into CT for almost a mile before I turned back. I saw a lot of posted signs, and the mountains were really far away, so I knew I was way off. When I was back at my car, I saw two other vehicles parked next to me, but I saw no one on the road walk, so I deduced that the dud trail wasn't a dud and was the actual route to the top. Ended up tacking on almost 2 miles before climbing the mountain. Oh well, I shrugged it off and headed up the real trail.

The trail, blazed in red all the way to the South Taconic Trail in NY, started out flat and gravelly. The gravel turned to big jagged rock not long after. Eventually, I was staring the mountainside in the face, and the trail basically climbed straight uphill to the top. I was surprised at how rugged it was! Rocky and rough with some scrambles thrown in! Made for a great warm-up.

Not long after starting, I stood on the top of Round Mountain, which was also my first Connecticut mountain summit. The top was open and shrubby with great views in most directions, which included Bear Mountain, Brace Mountain, Mt. Frissell, and Mt. Everett. Took some shots here and then made the descent to the Frissell/Round col.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:750 ft / 228 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:750 ft / 228 m
    Extra Loss:290 ft / 88 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Mount Washington Rd, Mt. Frissell Trail
    Trailhead:East St.  1833 ft / 558 m
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Round/Frissell/Brace

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Round Mountain2016-03-09
2Mount Frissell2016-03-09
3Mount Frissell-South Slope2016-03-09
4CT-MA-NY Tri-Point2016-03-09
5Brace Mountain2016-03-09

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