Ascent of Lost Pond Peak on 2009-09-23

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Lost Pond Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3891 ft / 1185 m

Ascent Trip Report

Tough risky bushwack from the East via the Northwest drainage valley between Long Pond Peak and Street.

I left Heart Lake on the trail to Indian Pass, at about 3 miles (.6mi past the second junction of the side trail to Rocky Falls Lean-to) the trail is flat and wet with about 8 lenghts of log walkway. From this area take a 300 degree compass reading (this direction heads up the drainage valley between your destination and Street). I started the bushwack, dropped-to and crossed Indian Pass Brook (little water) and found the drainage dry Creek for the valley.

I stayed left and well above the Creek (I started on the dry Creek bed but it was too difficult). The woods for the most part are partly open however there is a lot of underbrush and dead fallen trees, higher up you'll encounter a lot of new evergreen growth. From time to time I found short stretches of a herd path but hard to follow, very poor footing, moderate to steep, the going was slow and tiresome.

At about 3000 feet elevation (about 1 1/4 mile and 1 1/2 hour of bushwacking) I took another compass reading, 240 degree and followed it to the E-W ridge (aimed to the left of the summit), then a right for a short distance to the summit.
In this section you are continually fighting dense evergreens, moderate to steep with no major obstacles, extremely more difficult than the lower section, a few times I felt like giving up (about 3/4 mile and 1 1/2 hour of bushwacking).

The only good news to report is that the summit does reward the bushwacker with views, however I didn't take or have the time to enjoy them .... I was preoccupied with the heavy work still ahead.
I returned more or less the same way, I tripped a few times but nothing serious. A tough 10 mile, 9 hour RT ...... Do go with a partner.

I should give up on bushwacks, it would sure make my wife happy ! ! !

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1792 ft / 545 m
    Elevation Loss:1792 ft / 545 m
    Distance:10 mi / 16.1 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1762 ft / 536 m
    Extra Loss:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:indian pass trail/bushwack up NE drainage valley
    Trailhead:Lake Placid, Heart Lake  2179 ft / 664 m
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1742 ft / 530 m
    Extra Gain:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:bushwack down NE drainage valley/indian pass trail
    Trailhead:Lake Placid, Heart Lake  2179 ft / 664 m

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