Ascent of Mount Redfield on 2017-08-11

Climber: Jason Rossman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, August 11, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Redfield
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

*GPS file is only showing the portion following the descent of Marshall to the descent from Redfield as the GPS track for the entire hike was too big. The description below is for the whole hike.*

This had to have been one of the worst hikes I've ever done. Partially my fault, but also some things out of my control. The goal was Marshall, Redfield, and Cliff. I knew it was going to be a long day. I knew it was going to be over 20 miles of hiking. I had done a 20 mile point-to-point hike before, but this exceeded that. It was also an out-and-back which is not my preference either. I prefer loops or point-to-point. The Calamity Brook Trail is appropriately named. What a calamity! The trail is in awful condition. I know the ADKs are known for mud, but this trail was ridiculous. I never could get any kind of momentum going. The "unmaintained" trails up Marshall and Redfield were much better. The only thing worse than the Calamity Brook Trail was the trail up to Cliff. Forget the bog on Couchsachraga. That was nothing compared to the mud up Cliff. I rushed to get back to my car as I was trying to get to the diner in Keene Valley before they closed at 10p. I took a couple spills along the way. Just an awful day. I'm glad I bagged all three peaks, but in hindsight I should have done Marshall separately.

Start: 6:20am
Total Miles: 22.71
Finish: 8:40pm

ADK 46 #s 8,9,10
NE "115" 4Ks #s 75,76,77

One last note: I've noticed throughout the ADKs, the mileage on the trail signs don't always match the mileage on the maps or the guidebook. Sometimes they're off by .1 which isn't a big deal, but I've seen them off by .3 and even on this hike off by 1/2 mile. That's a lot. This issue needs to be cleaned up.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1919 ft / 585 m
    Elevation Loss:1381 ft / 421 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1919 ft / 585 m
    Distance:3.2 mi / 5.2 km
    Route:Calamity Brook Tr, Mt Marcy Tr, Mt Redfield Tr
    Trailhead:2687 ft / 818 m
    Time Up:2 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1381 ft / 421 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:Mt Redfield Tr
    Trailhead:3225 ft / 982 m
    Time Down:1 Hours 21 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Marshall/Redfield/Cliff

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Marshall2017-08-11
2Mount Redfield2017-08-11
3Cliff Mountain2017-08-11
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jason Rossman
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