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Ascent of Stissing Mountain on 2020-03-28

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit
Date:Saturday, March 28, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Stissing Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1402 ft / 427 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Dan and Sammy. One other car in the parking lot, two guys and a dog. They were surprised to see us on the trail as it was cool and raining! There are two trails that make a loop to the fire tower. They start off together and at 0.3 miles they split. The orange trail claims to be "steeper and shorter" and the blue trails states it is "less steep but longer." So funny, but awesome that the Friends of Stissing Landmarks does such great trail maintenance! So we decided to go up the orange and down the blue. Late start as we hiked Ninham Fire Tower first, which was an hour south. Also, we stopped at a deli for lunch on the way here. Good thing we got out before sunset...I realized a little bit late that my headlamp was at home with the batteries charging in preparation for today. Oops.

Start: 4:16PM
Trail junction where orange and blue part ways: 0.3 miles at 4:29PM
Fire tower: 0.8 miles at 4:58PM
Left fire tower: 0.9 miles at 5:15PM

We though the blue trail was the loop and decided to try to get to the high point and though the trail went there, but then realized we were not on the blue trail. The trail we were on would eventually run back into the blue trail. So we tried to bushwhack to the high point... the top of Stissing Mountain is very flat, but it's quite a ways to the true summit, according to AllTrails. After a short while, we decided to head back as we weren't progressing very quickly.

Bushwhack turn-around point: 1.2 miles at 5:25PM
Junction with red trail: 5:30PM

Soon after we got back on the main loop trail, we came to a junction with the red trail. This trail was not on either of our maps. It headed out towards the true summit. It, like the other trails we'd been on today, appeared to be an old abandoned road. I'm so happy Dan is as crazy as me and we decided to check it out. It was pretty easy hiking.

"True" summit: 1.9 miles at 5:47PM - The red trail made a turn and went downhill, so we checked out some high points which were around the summit marking on our gps. We poked around a couple random rock piles and tried to figure out which on was the tallest lol. Then we headed back to the red trail and back to the orange-blue loop trail.

Back at the red trail: 2.0 miles at 5:52PM
Junction with the orange-blue trail loop: 2.6 miles at 6:05PM
Junction with the blue trail: 2.6 miles at 6:07PM
Junction where orange and blue trails split: 3.4 miles at 6:29PM
Car: 3.7 miles at 6:42PM

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:939 ft / 286 m
    Total Elevation Loss:940 ft / 286 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:939 ft / 286 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:Orange Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking area on Lake Road  463 ft / 141 m
    Time:42 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:940 ft / 286 m
    Distance:2.9 mi / 4.7 km
    Route:Blue Trail
    End Trailhead:Parking area on Lake Road  462 ft / 140 m
    Time:1 Hours 44 Minutes



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