Ascent of Baker Mountain on 2021-12-25

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Barry Collins
Dan Petit
Date:Saturday, December 25, 2021
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Baker Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2457 ft / 748 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hiked with Dan, Dad, and Samson for winter credit for the Saranac Lake 6er hiking challenge. We got a late start because of Christmas festivities, but no worries because we were prepared to be hiking in the dark. We wore microspikes from the parking area. There was about 2" of slushy snow the whole way. It was nice that someone had removed the snow from the summit disk.

There were no views, the top half of the mountain was in a low cloud. Samson did excellent, as always. The air was very dense with a fine mist that almost made it seem like it was sprinkling. I believe it warmed up a few degrees as we were hiking from about 28F to about 33F despite the sun setting. We all definitely started off too hot and took off layers as we ascended.

We saw no one else on the trail. I've hiked this mountain a couple times in the past, but it was only an out and back via one single route. Now there is a loop trail, so we hiked counterclockwise up the steeper side and down the more gentle side.

Start: 3:46PM
Summit: 1.0 miles at 4:39PM
Left the summit and headed down: 1.1 miles at 4:47PM
Parking area: 2.1 miles at 5:26PM
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:895 ft / 272 m
    Total Elevation Loss:899 ft / 274 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Headlamp, Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Drizzle, Cold, Calm, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:895 ft / 272 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Baker Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking area on Forest Hill Avenue  1562 ft / 476 m
    Time:53 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:899 ft / 274 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:New section of loop trail
    End Trailhead:Parking area on Forest Hill Avenue  1558 ft / 474 m
    Time:39 Minutes

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