Ascent of Pillsbury Mountain on 2014-05-17

Climber: Pete Sawyer

Others in Party:Geoff Sawyer
Date:Saturday, May 17, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pillsbury Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3602 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started the day planning to hike Wakely Mountain, but I missed the route off of 30N. We decided to stop and do a quick hike up Sawyer Mountain to start the day. Once we completed that relatively easy hike, we headed south and decided to take on Pillsbury Mountain. The bottom of the mountain was very challenging for a couple of out of shape guys. The red DEC markers were not really easy to follow at times and the train was not defined. We made it to the summit in a little over 2 hours. Along the way we see lots of toads, birds and chipmunks. At one point I heard a low grumble and then some loud rustling through the brush. I never did see what it was, and I'm not sure that I truly want to know.
The real excitement happened on the way down. The steepness of the mountain demanded that we move somewhat slowly and carefully watch our footing. It would not be fun to turn an ankle on that mountain. We soon realized that we were off the trail and did not know where we lost the trail. We continued down the mountain until we reached the Miami River. We started hiking south looking for the foot bridge to head back to the parking area. After hiking a good distance down river, we decided it was time to admit that we were truly lost and needed to call for help. At about 6pm, we called for help and had Rangers dispatched to find us. It was starting to get cold and we were not prepared for a night on the mountain. Thankfully the rangers showed up around 7:30 pm and guided us out.
The moral of the story I learned this weekend, don't hike unknown trails without being prepared for an emergency.
Summary Total Data
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Route:Pillsbury Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Parking area at the end of the dirt road  
Descent Statistics

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