Ascent of Ampersand Mountain on 2013-06-16

Climber: John McHugh

Others in Party:Suzanne Lapointe
Date:Sunday, June 16, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Ampersand Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3314 ft / 1010 m

Ascent Trip Report

Finished the 6ers with Ampersand, my first peak list completion. Ampersand is probably the nicest trail and summit of the six, as I had already heard. At least 5 of the 6 are definitely worth climbing for the views (not sure about Scarface). Anyway, Saranac Lake has been doing a good job promoting the 6ers and it seems locals and others are really embracing the concept. For myself, I am glad to have taken the time to discover this area. Officially I am 6er number 76.

It was overcast and windy today on the summit, but clear enough to get some decent pictures and a good impression of what a great summit it is. Rain really kicked in when we were about half way down, happily we were already past the steepest parts. I would definitely like to do this one again but in nice weather and take more time on the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1739 ft / 530 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    Trailhead:Rte. 3 TH  1575 ft / 480 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Windy, Overcast
Ascent Part of Trip: 6er finale blitz

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Baker Mountain2013-06-15882 ft / 269 m
2Haystack Mountain2013-06-15905 ft / 276 m
3McKenzie Mountain2013-06-151368 ft / 417 m
4Ampersand Mountain2013-06-161739 ft / 530 m
Total Trip Gain: 4894 ft / 1492 m    Total Trip Loss: 4894 ft / 1492 m

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