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Ascent of Hamlin Peak on 2019-07-04

Climber: Jenn Rotman

Others in Party:Rich Rotman
Phil Ross
Scott Lehman and Audrea Lehman
Date:Thursday, July 4, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Hamlin Peak
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4756 ft / 1449 m

Ascent Trip Report

Beautiful, sunny, very hot day in the 80's. Started at Roaring Brook Campground at 7:15am via the Helon Taylor Trail ascending the Pamola and Chimney peaks and then across the Knife Edge to the South Peak and then summiting Baxter peak at 4.7 miles.

After a quick lunch and photos, we hiked 1.1 miles on the Saddle Trail to the junction with the Northwest Basin Trail (the Saddle Trail down to Chimney Pond was closed with a large patch of snow still visible) and continued on that for 0.9 miles to Caribou Spring and the junction of the Hamlin Ridge Trail. Hamlin Ridge Trail for 0.2 miles the the summit of Hamlin Peak and then 1.5 miles more to the North Basin Trail for 0.2 miles to the North Basin Cutoff Trail for 0.7 miles to the Chimney Pond Trail for 2.2 miles back to Roaring Brook Campground at 7:45pm. Total distance: 11.5 miles. Met Shams for dinner at New England Outdoor Center in Millinocket, ME at 8:30.

It was very buggy, with black flies on the ascent and descent, and lots of huge wasps on Pamola and South peaks. As a group, we ran out of water at the junction of Hamlin Ridge and North Basin Trails and some drank from the Roaring Brook on the Chimney Pond Trail. It was 93 degrees that day in Millinocket.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3793 ft / 1156 m
    Total Elevation Loss:3793 ft / 1156 m
    Round-Trip Distance:11.5 mi / 18.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble, Exposed Scramble, Rock Climb
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
Beautiful hot day in the mid 80's with 10mph winds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3793 ft / 1156 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3281 ft / 1000 m; Extra: 512 ft / 156m
    Loss on way in:512 ft / 156 m
    Distance:6.9 mi / 11.1 km
    Route:Helon Taylor - Knife Edge - Saddle - Northwest Bas
    Start Trailhead:1475 ft / 449 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:3281 ft / 1000 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Hamlin Ridge to N Basin to N Basin Cutoff to Chimn
    End Trailhead:Roaring Brook Campground  1475 ft / 449 m



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