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Ascent of Mount Carleton on 2017-10-21

Climber: Adam Lingenfelter

Others in Party:Cali (4 yr old golden retriever)
Date:Saturday, October 21, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Carleton
    Location:Canada-New Brunswick
    Elevation:819 m / 2690 ft

Ascent Trip Report

From Sagamook we took the 5.1 km trail across the plateau to Carleton, passing Head on the way. Exhausted from the hike up the near vertical Sagamook, and suffering from the onset of slight dehydration, my legs were in some pain (it also didn't help that I am currently not in my best shape). However, the 400m climb to the summit was well worth the pain and agony.
If Carleton is approached from the south (parking to the mountains west), it is a relatively easy climb. The scrambling to the top of the summit is enjoyable, as is the view. The fire tower (hut) on top of the summit has numerous names inscribed on its interior walls.
I had passed the Bald Mountain Trail on the way from Sagamook and at that time decided to take it down. However, I unwisely chose to take the Mount Carleton trail down the south approach. While incredibly easy, with the park closed and parking only at the entrance, this easily added 10 extra kilometres to my already long enough day hike.
If tackling this set of summits, I'd suggest going when the park is open (before Canadian Thanksgiving), bring the $10/person cash only entry fee, and taking the Bald Mountain Trail up, then ticking off Head, Sagamook, and Carleton in whatever order you choose.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Animal/Pet, Hut Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear



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