Ascent of Cat Mountain on 2019-05-04

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Matt
Date:Saturday, May 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cat Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1956 ft / 596 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiking from Thomas Mountain on the Yellow Trail we traveled an up and down route over several lesser hills gaining an additional 728' until we reached the summit of Cat Mountain. Now at 1:30 PM the sky became somewhat brighter and we had some pretty spectacular views of Lake George. We were 4.32 miles into the hike and it appeared that a loop of 5.2 miles was not going to be the case. After resting, picture taking and snacking we headed off the summit in search of the blue trail that would take the rest of the way around the loop. Heads down to watch our footing we missed the turn and ended up having to back track uphill. This is my report so I'm blaming Matt for the error. I think I can get away with that because in the reading for this hike one hiker described a scramble to climb Cat. We apparently didn't make that approach so Matt was relieved and may be more willing to accept blame. (he doesn't like to scramble).

We had a good time talking/laughing on the return trip, searching for red efts which were on the approach but missing on the return. As 3:30 got closer, a hopeful return time, we began to get a little anxious, then we got a surprise when a recent beaver dam had diverted water over the trail, about 50'- 100' of flooded area needed to be negotiated.
I had told Matt at the beginning that the 5.2 miles was likely an understatement and another indication was 7.1 miles for the loop. As it ended the hike was 8.30 miles and the 1200-1300 foot elevation estimate was 1879' when done.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1218 ft / 371 m
    Total Elevation Loss:490 ft / 149 m
    Quality:1 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1218 ft / 371 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 728 ft / 222 m; Extra: 490 ft / 149m
    Loss on way in:490 ft / 149 m
    Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route:Ridge hike from Thomas Mt.
    Start Trailhead:Yellow Trail  1228 ft / 374 m
Descent Statistics

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