Ascent of Whitecap Mountain on 2020-03-08

Climber: Matt Vadeboncoeur

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, March 8, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Whitecap Mountain
    Elevation:2200 ft / 670 m

Ascent Trip Report

Went up the orange trail, down the yellow trail. Overall these trails are well-maintained and go through a variety of beautiful forests. There's a re-route of the orange trail where it crosses some wet ledges, but based on footprints in the snow, the re-route is less popular than the shorter but rougher old route. Trail was well packed and snow cover was consistent but not very deep for this time of year (maybe 8-12").

The yellow trail is clearly the less popular of the two (at least in winter), and there were a few steep and icy sections that were tricky to descend safely in just microspikes, so it would have been wiser to do the loop in the opposite direction, or to stick to the orange trail. The yellow trail is also a bit harder to follow on the open ledges. I assume there are probably paint blazes on the ground where the trees are sparse, but this doesn't help in winter. I got turned around just a bit in a couple places, until the trail got into the woods where it's more defined.

Beautiful summit and very nice open views - this is a part of Maine I'm still getting to know. Perfect for a moderate hike on a nice winter day, and the parking is kept plowed.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1925 ft / 586 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1925 ft / 586 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.5 mi / 8.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Windy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1675 ft / 510 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1575 ft / 480 m; Extra: 100 ft / 30m
    Loss on way in:100 ft / 30 m
    Distance:2.7 mi / 4.3 km
    Start Trailhead:625 ft / 190 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1825 ft / 556 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1575 ft / 480 m; Extra: 250 ft / 76m
    Gain on way out:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    End Trailhead:625 ft / 190 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Matt Vadeboncoeur
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