Ascent of Wakely Mountain on 2011-08-03

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Date:Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wakely Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3766 ft / 1147 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail conditions were nearly perfect for my ascent of Wakely; temperatures were moderate, nary a drop of precipitation showed up and the trail was very thinly populated by other hikers. Even the drive into Cedar River Flow was enjoyable; the twelve-miles from Routes 28/30 to the trailhead went by quickly and views of a number of local peaks (including the rather stunning bald rock cliffs of Sugarloaf) created a great deal of anticipation about the actual hike.

The first two-miles of the trail are largely level through a mixed forest with a number of interesting stream crossings and mountain views. At the signed-junction indication only a mile of hiking remains, the REAL elevation gain begins (nearly 1,200 feet in the final mile). The trail was dry and though the elevation gain is--for the most part--incessant until you reach the tower and the summit, forests were so lush and the landscape so interesting that the time flew by. I reached the summit and VERY tall fire tower (which still lacks netting/mesh around the outside of the staircase for extra safety) and had spectacular views of the High Peaks to the north, Snowy and Pillsbury mountains to the east and numerous lakes to the west.

Note: Reconnected with a former SUNY Oswego student on the trail; he was hiking with two partners and we had a wonderful 15-20 minute chat about the High Peaks and old acquaintances from Oswego. What an added bonus!
Summary Total Data
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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