Ascent of Sugarloaf Mountain on 2020-01-25
|Other People:||Solo Ascent|
|Date:||Saturday, January 25, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Elevation:||4240 ft / 1292 m|
Ascent Trip ReportFollowing the failed attempt from December, I planned on trying again as soon as I could to finish the New-England 4000' list but, this time, I ensured I wouldn't fail by going through the ski resort instead of driving up Caribou Pond Road. I woke up at 06:00 on Saturday and by 06:20, I was heading east on HWY 10. I reached the border in Coburn Gore around 08:00, then made it around 08:45 at the Sugarloaf resort. The place was already getting quite full so I had to park at the far end of parking lot E.
After gearing up, I put my skis over my shoulders and hiked to the ticket booths. There was a long line with only two open registers so I had to wait a good 15 minutes before I could pay $10USD for the uphill access fee. From there, I went up to the slopes, looked at the map to locate the trails that I could follow, and then hiked up to the bottom of the first, Windrow. I put the climbing skins on just below the Timberline lodges, then started uphill. The first part of the trail wasn't very steep and it was easy going. I passed a group of four, two women and their daughters on snowshoes and bare boots carrying downhill skis.
After a while, I came to the bottom of Upper Windrow and decided to cut right as it seemed to be quite rough and rocky. I climbed my way up Upper Glancer, then too the X-cut to rejoin Windrow and cover the few hundred feet to Bullwinkle's. What was beforehand a partly sunny morning now became fully overcast as I started up the Timberline trail. At first it wasn't too bad and it was possible to go jacket and glove-less but I hit some very windy spots soon after, especially past the Tin Pants junction. Protection went back on as I was now entering the clouds. My feet were also starting to get a little bit sore and I wasn't hopeful for avoiding blisters. I guess my AT boots are getting old.
I was the only uphill skier so I went at my own pace, which I found to be quite slow. I was surprised how badly I was doing as I felt out of breath. When I reached the Spillway X-cut, I found a sign saying no hiking above this point but disregarded it and went on the safer south side of the trail for the rest of the climb. When I reached the lifts, I took a short break before removing my skis and going under the resort cordon. I followed a rocky path towards the AT and stashed the planks in some krummholz. After changing into snowshoes, I climbed the short distance to the summit. It was quite windy so I retreated downhill towards a large cairn. I didn't know exactly where the trail started so I followed open terrain until I was in a definite path.
I followed this for a while but soon realized the blazes were yellow. I was following the AT corridor boundary swath. This was no good so I started bushwhacking west. It wasn't easy but after maybe 20 minutes I reached the actual trail. I could see older tracks under new snow but I would be breaking trail. At least the base was firm. I removed my jacket and went downhill at a decent pace. It wasn't long before I reached the junction with the AT where I took a small snack.
The spruce were loaded and whenever they closed in over me, I would get a good dump of snow. I was already getting tired and I had to take frequent breaks. Regardless, I was making progress and eventually reached the col, after which the climb for Spaulding would start.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||2977 ft / 906 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||1192 ft / 362 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||5.3 mi / 8.6 km|
| Quality:||8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground|
| Gear Used:||Skis, Ski Poles, Snowshoes|
| Weather:||Cold, Breezy, White-out|
| Gain on way in:||2636 ft / 803 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 2600 ft / 793 m; Extra: 36 ft / 10m|
| Loss on way in:||36 ft / 10 m|
| Distance:||3.3 mi / 5.3 km|
| Route:||Windrow, Timberline trails|
| Start Trailhead:||Sugarloaf parking E 1640 ft / 499 m|
| Time:||2 Hours 20 Minutes|
| Loss on way out:||1156 ft / 352 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 815 ft / 249 m; Extra: 341 ft / 103m|
| Gain on way out:||341 ft / 103 m|
| Distance:||2 mi / 3.3 km|
| End Trailhead:||Col to Spaulding Mtn 3425 ft / 1043 m|
| Time:||1 Hours 28 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Sugarloaf Mtn (jan. 2020)|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 4632 ft / 1411 m Total Trip Loss: 4632 ft / 1412 m
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