Ascent of Allen Mountain on 1998-07-18

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Jerry and Stephanie Leek
Date:Saturday, July 18, 1998
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Allen Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4347 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

This is my twentieth hike report. (July 18th, 1998 hike (originally written on August 18th 1998), report entered May 11th 2010)

On 7-17-98 I started my first trip to the Adirondacks for the summer hiking season. This was a special summer for me because I was taking the summer off from work. The plan was to hike into Twin Brooks, camp, climb Allen on the 18th, and hike out on the 19th and head home. Much of the record I made during the trip has been lost, since a month has gone by, but in simple terms this is a record of what occurred.
I arrived at the trailhead a little later than expected 4:30PM instead of 4:00. After about fifteen minutes of preparation I was on the trail carrying a copy of B. McMartin’s directions. There were several cars in the parking lot and I noticed a car with two people pull up about 5 minutes before I started in. After about two miles of walking I decided to take a break and took off my pack and hit the water bottle. As I was getting refreshed down the trail comes the two people I had seen pull up in the parking lot. Jerry and Stephanie Leek (father and daughter and their dog) we talked briefly and their plans coincided with my own so we decided to hike the rest of the way together. I found it difficult to keep up with them, as they seemed to hike fairly effortlessly without stopping for breaks along the way.
We reached the Twin Brooks clearing, a 5-mile point, and immediately set up camp for the night. My dinner was done by dusk and as the night settled in around us we each retired to our tents. In the morning I was up at 6:30 and ready to hit the trail at 7:15 I waited until about 7:45 until we were all equally ready for the accent.
We too a few wrong turns before reaching Skylight Brook but managed to get back on track without to much difficulty. At the waterfall from Allen we took a short break before starting to climb. A lone hiker passed us at that spot. We were all somewhat surprised at how steep the climb was, but at 11:20 the three of us reached the summit. The lone hiker who passed us had started that day from the trailhead. He was on his way down and helped us negotiate across the brook from the right to the left, about fifteen minutes from the summit. As we relaxed on the summit we were joined by two other hikers, one being 46er #3612, he told us that our tents were setup on private land and if we were caught it would mean a fine of $250/tent. We decided it would be wise to leave the summit early and try to hike out that evening.

The hike down was fairly uneventful except that it was obvious from the voices that several climbers had not crossed the brook and had continued climbing along the slide on the brooks right side. Where that brings them out on top is probably a guess that you could better make. We took a break at the waterfall again and then continued back to the campsite. In about 1 1/2 hours we were all rested and packed and on our way back to the trailhead. We reached the cars at around 7:30PM and agreed that we should drive into Newcomb for a refreshing swim. Somewhere close to 9:00 and dusk we exchanged phone numbers, we were all interested in tackling Saddleback and Basin and thought we could do that together in about two weeks time.
I lingered in the parking lot to finish a sandwich and headed for Indian Lake to visit, and spend the night at my friends cabin. (Allen was summit #39)
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2380 ft / 725 m
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:2380 ft / 725 m
    Distance:13.2 mi / 21.2 km
    Route:Opalesent Trail - Twin Brooks
    Trailhead:1967 ft / 599 m
Descent Statistics

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