Ascent of Macomb Mountain on 1987-09-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:G Hebert
G Sangastiano
Date:Saturday, September 19, 1987
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Macomb Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4370 ft / 1331 m

Ascent Trip Report

Trail and herd paths ........ 7 miles, 8h30 hours RT.

Forecast for the ADK region was variable, 30% of showers late in the afternoon, decided to go for it.

Guy drove his car to my house and we left in mine at 6hoo hours. I purchased gas at the first exit (southbound) on I87, just after crossing into the USA, for 1.02$. We drove directly to the Elk Lake TH parking.

We took the Elk Lake trail northbound to the Slide Brook Lean-to where we met up with Jerry Sangastiano. We found the herd path and started out on the left side of the brook, didn't take first tributary as book says but continued up the brook to the large slide (from ridge north of Macomb summit). Followed it up (very steep), found herd path at top which led us to a "T" junction north of summit, turned right for the Macomb summit (a left here will take you to South Dix).

Found the Canister, the last names on the register were Ray Held (Clifton Park, NY), Emil Klymkow (Broadalbin NY). Jerry took our pictures.

Stupidly (on the descent) at the "T" junction we kept straight towards South Dix (instead of left) and it was an hour later when we realized our error. We back tracked to the "T" then back to the TH. Jerry was on his way to bag South Dix so he kept going.

We got home after a 11 1/2 hours, another of those memorable/lousy days, Guy had ankle problems while I had I had sore thighs.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2313 ft / 705 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7 mi / 11.3 km
    Route:elk lake/slide brook lean-to/herd path up slide br
    Trailhead:elk lake parking  2057 ft / 626 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:2 Hours 45 Minutes

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