Ascent of McKenzie Mountain on 2013-05-25

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Date:Saturday, May 25, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:McKenzie Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3832 ft / 1167 m

Ascent Trip Report

I'd been planning to hike McKenzie Mountain (and nearby Moose) for the last three years; alas, my first attempt to scale this nearly 4000-foot peak was somewhat miserable. Starting from the Whiteface Inn Road trailhead, Jackrabbit Ski trail was--in a word--a bloody mess. Water had collected or was flowing throughout the trail and my boots were soaked in mere minutes. Another surprise was the amount of snow on the trail; even before turning off the Jackrabbit Trail I encountered a surprising amount of it on the ground. Shortly after reaching the intersection with the Ray Brook / rte. 86 trail and beginning the steep climb towards the summit, snow accumulations ranged from 3-6 inches on the ground and temperatures on the summit were 20-30 degrees colder than at the start of the hike. Any summit views were completely obscured by cloud cover and snow. The cloud and foliage cover wrought havoc with my GPS so I wasn't able to be more adventurous and bushwhack around the summit, as is typical on my hikes. Additionally, my GPS batteries died near the summit and my fingers had gotten so cold that I wasn't able to change them until I returned to the lean-to (about 1.5 miles into Jackrabbit Trail). All-in-all, McKenzie ended up being something of a bust but I plan to give it a go again later this season when the weather has improved a bit.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow Climb
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Breezy, Low Clouds
Wet & miserable--temperatures were unseasonably cold and the rain/water/runoff/snow on the trail mad
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Kurt Phaneuf
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