Ascent of Mount Carleton on 2019-10-08
|Others in Party:||With husband Brian|
|Date:||Tuesday, October 8, 2019|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||Canada-New Brunswick|
| Elevation:||2690 ft / 819 m|
Ascent Trip ReportWe drove to Mt. Carleton Provincial Park, leaving from Bathurst, NB early in the morning. On the way, on Hwy 180, we had two female moose pass in front of our auto.
Our weather was cold and rainy, with a strong wind. But as the day went on, improved gradually.
We went through the entrance station, paid our fee, and drove to the trailhead. Directions are well signed, and the gravel road ends at the trailhead. We elected to take a clockwise route around the mountain. The trail winds through woodland consisting of birch, red maple, and other northeastern deciduous forest flora. Once you have gone past the campground, you will eventually come to a place where the trail forks. Left will take you on a sheltered ascent, and below the western side of the ridge. Right takes you up some mild talus boulders and puts you onto the ridge, where a use trail winds along to the summit to the north.
The summit has a lookout cabin, replete with picnic table inside, which was a welcome shelter from the wind.
We took the 'jeep trail' down, back to the trailhead, which takes you back to the parking lot. We saw several Ruffed Grouse on the trail.
A lovely fall hike, and the view at the top, and the fall colors were fantastic!
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||1348 ft / 410 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||7.2 mi / 11.6 km|
| Trailhead:||1342 ft / 409 m|
| Quality:||5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble|
| Gear Used:||Ski Poles|
| Weather:||Drizzle, Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy|
|GPS Data for Ascent/Trip|
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