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Ascent of Pitchoff Mountain on 2019-06-15

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, June 15, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Pitchoff Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3497 ft / 1065 m

Ascent Trip Report

Took the Cascade/Pitchoff trail for an out and back. Along the first part are some real nice views of Rt 73 and Cascade Lakes ."It provides outstanding views of the new #7 slide and the namesake cascade waterfall on Cascade Mountain." https://www.lakeplacid.com/do/hiking/balanced-rocks Some small scrambles throughout with one large section where the trail markers disappeared. Three routes showed on the GPS. All were pretty badly eroded or tough to follow. The one in the middle was the steepest, with the most difficult scramble. I chose left and sort of bushwhacked a little until finding the trail again (later read that was the way to go, on the way back, trail was more clean but sent me straight down the middle, which was not advised). Anyhow, you'll come to a faded trail marker with small Sharpie writing saying "Balanced Rocks". Turn right and you'll find a big open area with beautiful views. Soak it up because the summit of Pitchoff is wooded with a small view just past it.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Part of Trip: rocks pitchoff

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Balanced Boulders2019-06-15 
2Pitchoff Mountain2019-06-15 



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