Ascent of MacNaughton Mountain on 2018-07-19

Climber: Derek S

Date:Thursday, July 19, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:MacNaughton Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3983 ft / 1214 m

Ascent Trip Report

The trail to the Scott Clearing Leanto is fairly flat and in good condition. The trail to Wallface Ponds is a bit more challenging and probably doesn't see much maintenance as there were a few downed trees across the trail. Unlike our trip to Table Top on the previous day, we encountered only one other person on our hike that day.

My dad made the trip out to Wallface Ponds with me and waited there while I climbed MacNaughton. I started the hike up MacNaughton from the the area between the Wallface Ponds, at a small creek flowing between the 2 main ponds.
At first, I could find no sign of a trail, but after bushwhacking for about 300 yards, I stumbled onto a vague trail that improved and became more defined as I followed it to the summit. The 'herd path' leads to both of the 2 main summits, and the signed (and highest?) summit is at the North Peak.

Departed High Peaks Visitor Center at Heart Lake at 7:10 AM
Passed Rocky Falls trail turn off at 8:18 AM
Arrived at Scott Clearing Leanto at 9:00 AM
Arrived at Wallface Ponds Trailhead at 9:15 AM
Reached the end of the Trail to Wallface Ponds at 11:40 AM
Reached MacNaughton Middle Peak at 12:40 PM
Arrived at MacNaughton North Peak - highest peak (signed) at 12:56 PM
Arrived at MacNaughton South Peak at 1:15 PM
Arrived back at Wallface Ponds at 2:05 PM
Arrived back at High Peaks Visitor Center at Heart Lake at 5:50 PM

~ 15.6 miles, 10 hours, 40 minutes
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Derek S
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