Ascent of Twin Mountain on 2018-09-15

Climber: Dan Lewis

Others in Party:Madeline Lewis
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Twin Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3640 ft / 1109 m

Ascent Trip Report

Traveled from Connecticut - left at 5 AM. Arrived at Prediger Road Trailhead at 7:30 AM. Started hike at 7:45 AM. Signed the trail register and proceeded .5 miles to Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail. Crossed a stream with a bit of rock hopping. Lower portions of the trail are very moderate in grade with some hemlock stands interspersed with the hardwoods. Trail had a fair amount of moisture -both puddles and trickling water - due to recent rains. Grade steepened considerably as we approached Jimmy Dolan Notch. Once at the notch, we took a right and headed up Twin Mountain. The Devil's Path lived up to its name as it had when I climbed Indian Head last year. There were moderate yet awkward scrambles, which were harder for me on the return trip (more about this in a bit), and decent views in a couple of places. We made it to the south summit (unmarked), and enjoyed excellent views from an outlook just beyond the top. After that, we made our way over to the true summit, which involved an elevation loss (then a gain) of 100+ feet over .7 of a mile. The actual summit was not formally marked (no sign or USGS benchmark).

I found the descent to be harder than the ascent, not from a cardiovascular standpoint, but from a musculo-skeletal one. I can power my way up anything; however, descending terrain such as this plays upon my weaknesses; specifically, core strength, flexibility(or lack thereof), and an aching knee. Nevertheless, we worked our way to the bottom and were off the trail by 2:45pm. Returned home to CT with a stop at Chipoltle in Danbury. Made it back just before 6 PM.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1820 ft / 554 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1820 ft / 554 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.9 mi / 9.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Partly Sunny and muggy then sunny,
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1720 ft / 524 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1620 ft / 494 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail, Devil's Path
    Start Trailhead:Prediger Road Trailhead  2020 ft / 615 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1720 ft / 524 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1620 ft / 494 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Gain on way out:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Devil's Path, Jimmy Dolan Notch Trail, Devil's Pat
    End Trailhead:Prediger Road Trailhead  2020 ft / 615 m

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