Ascent of Allen Mountain on 2013-05-20

Climber: Michael Vaughan

Date:Monday, May 20, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Allen Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4347 ft / 1324 m

Ascent Trip Report

ADKLI backpack hike to Allen. Only one person (besides Keelin and me) signed up for this hike, and he cancelled.
We successfully finished Allen on Tuesday as our most difficult hike to date. We signed in at the PA (Parking Area) at 11:00 on Monday, May 20), put on our water shoes, and waded across the Hudson (knee deep but cold!). We looked at the Lake Jimmy boardwalk but there was a big gap in it, so we took the bypass trail. Crossing the Opalescent was similar, although with faster water. We reached the Allen/Marcy trail bifurcation at 2:08, rested and snacked. Before leaving at 2:41, I decided to change back into my hiking boots, not realizing that crossing Upper Twin Brook wasn't trivial. I tried to rock hop, but slipped and my Gatorade bottle came out of my pack - oh well, at least I didn't fall in! Keelin had the sense to not change her footwear so she just waded. Along the East River trail, we saw a couple of places where some planks had been nailed to logs or 4x4s, but there was no water to cross. We reached the designated campsite at 3:30. We set up camp, made dinner, and turned in before dark.
During the night, it rained and thundered quite a lot. We rose at ~8:00, made breakfast, and departed by 9:00. The route to Allen was straightforward but long and tiring. The infamous Allen Slide is not nearly difficult as Dix or Grace (East Dix) and was easy to avoid. I'm sure I have seen the “red slime” on other mountains before; Microspikes made short work of it. Up to this point, Keelin had been wearing her Vibram finger shoes, but they couldn’t take the ‘spikes, so she changed. We summited at 3:05, had lunch, and located the great viewpoint; the view was a little hazy but could see lots of summits from the Santanonis to the Dixes including the MacIntyres and the Marcy group.
We departed at 3:20; going down was faster, but we didn't get to the register until 7:20. Then it started to pour! We tromped back to the campsite, feeling really glad we didn't have to go back to the PA and cross the rivers in the dark. Had a quick Mountain House dinner and turned in. The rain let up, but at about 3:00 AM it really let loose! However, it stopped at about dawn. We got up, made coffee, ate some hard boiled eggs, packed up our wet gear, and left at about 10:30. We soon found out what those boards were for - there was a torrent crossing the trail; previous torrents had swept these "bridges" downstream. We managed to put the bridge back in place. When we got to Upper Twin Brook, there was no way we could rock hop across so I changed into my water shoes, crossed, and changed back; Keelin was still wearing her “toes”. Same issue presented itself at Lower Twin Brook, but the trail was so wet that we quit trying to keep our feet dry and just waded through the water. The Opalescent crossing looked dicey, but we went ahead. For me, the water was almost waist deep. I'm glad I crossed in my hiking boots, because I don't think my water shoes would have been stable enough. All the other brooks and streams were high but it didn't matter as our feet were already soaked. The Hudson was also deeper, and we got to the car at 2:07. Total distance, time, and elevation gain: 22.4 miles, 18 hours (not including stops), and 4600 feet.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:6631 ft / 2020 m
    Extra Gain:2022 ft / 616 m
    Round-Trip Distance:22.4 mi / 36 km
    Route:ADK trail 123, then herd path
    Trailhead:Mt. Adams trailhead  1760 ft / 536 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Nights Spent:2 nights away from roads
Ascent Statistics
    Time:3 Days 3 Hours 7 Minutes
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