Ascent of Mount Redfield on 2012-09-01

Climber: Elizabeth Sweet

Others in Party:Scott Duclos -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, September 1, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Redfield
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4606 ft / 1403 m

Ascent Trip Report

27th ADK Peak! We began at the Adirondak Loj a little after 7 am and headed along trails that were beginning to feel quite familiar! After the Marcy Dam we took the trail toward the Avalanche Camps/Lake Colden Outpost which led us to a new trail: the Avalanche Pass Trail which leads to the Lake Arnold Trail. Along the way we passed several camping sites and lean-tos which were starting to fill up since it was Labor Day weekend. The weather was perfect and seemed ideal for camping. The hike up to the Colden junction seemed relentless at times with a rocky and steady uphill climb. I was struggling a bit today and we paused at the Colden junction. We considered altering our plan and instead of Cliff/Redfield, hiking Mount Colden as it was only 1.4 miles to the summit vs the 4+ miles ahead with two separate peaks of Cliff/Redfield. While this was tempting, we had tentative plans to hike Colden with some friends later in September, so I mustered up the strength and courage to continue onward. After the Colden intersection we began a descent into a col, losing all of the elevation we had "worked so hard to gain". After the descent however, there is flat and level area which leads to an open field and provides for some great views and a peaceful/serene feeling. It appears this area can be quite muddy and flooded at times as we traversed it entirely on logs which had been layed out. Further on a small cairn and rock with some faded yellow paint marks the herd path for both Cliff and Redfield. This path continues for a while until another junction/opening with a cairn with some rusted metal marks the junction between Cliff and Redfield. We decided to tackle Redfield first due to the greater length and possible better views. We hadn't eaten lunch yet and figured it would be better to eat lunch looking at a view rather than a tree. The herd path on Redfield was easy to follow and cairns marked areas which followed along the Uphill Brook. The terrain of Uphill Brook felt similar to the terrain of Allen, which we had previously climbed. The trail weaves in and out of the wooded/brook area. The brook area can be slow to traverse at times due to rocks which are wet. The rocks from Allen seemed a little more slippery due to wet moss. The rocks of Redfield seemed a little easier to traverse. I have always found this style of terrain very slow to traverse for myself and generally find Scott many paces ahead of me! I found myself cursing these rocks many times on the way down and due to some significant knee pain had given up on climbing Cliff during this hike (later changed my mind!) Prior to the summit there are some nice views of Marcy and Algonquin. The summit was tree covered with a wooden sign and trail marker marking the summit. Not far off there was a large rock which does provide for some nice views of Allen, Skylight, Nippletop, Colvin and Blake. We ate a quick lunch here and then began our (my very slow) descent.

Highlights: nice views in col area after Mt. Colden junction, nice rock off from the summit to eat lunch and take in the views, alone on summit, getting to the bottom- didn't care at all for the descent
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Partly Cloudy, Warm
Ascent Part of Trip: Cliff/Redfield

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Mount Redfield2012-09-01 
2Cliff Mountain2012-09-01 
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Elizabeth Sweet
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