Ascent of McKenzie Mountain on 2014-02-08

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, February 8, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McKenzie Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3832 ft / 1167 m

Ascent Trip Report

On December 21, 2013 we met our friends to hike Baker Mountain in Saranac to begin the Saranac Winter 6r series. We had a great hike and decided we wanted to finish them all this season. Today we finished our last peak and the biggest one in the bunch - McKenzie. We started off at 1960 ' on the Jack-Rabbit trail near the Whiteface Lodge, headed towards McKenzie hiking 3.9 miles over several false peaks on the way to the 3861' summit. Just below the summit we ran into another hiker who offered up a loop trail option over the backside known as the SOA which we thought would be fun ... it was, but it was a challenge as the snow was very deep. Beautiful conditions.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1872 ft / 570 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1872 ft / 570 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.8 mi / 12.6 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Snow Climb
    Gear Used:
Crampons, Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Cold, Calm, Clear
10 degrees at base trail, sun, blue skies, no wind
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1872 ft / 570 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:Jack rabbit trail, right at jcn to Mck, over summi
    Start Trailhead:1960 ft / 597 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1872 ft / 570 m
    Distance:3.9 mi / 6.3 km
    Route:down Lake trail to road
    End Trailhead:1960 ft / 597 m
    Time:2 Hours 20 Minutes

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