Ascent of Avery Peak on 2014-07-30

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Karen Musser
Willie-Weimaraner Musser
Date:Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Avery Peak
    Elevation:4088 ft / 1246 m

Ascent Trip Report

We had started this 12 mile circuit at 8:00 AM and we were down and at the car by 5:30 PM so it was a long day. This was our favorite peak of the 4 that we explored. The view of it from West Peak begged us to wander on further east and bag it before coming down the Warden's Trail. The West side of this peak is very attractive with the rock and alpine vegetation. The hike up from the saddle, like the western ascent of West Peak is large rock which would be a challenge with a heavy backpack but is a fun rock to rock scamper that really does not require scrambling (although Karen did a lot of crab walking as her legs were getting spent).

Excellent views at the top of this peak of Flagstaff Lake, the Stratton Brook Pond where we left earlier that morning, the Little Bigalows, and the Sugarloaf Ski area. The rocky foundation of the peak is a great place for a final photo or two then back down the modest scamper to the saddle to grab the Warden's Trail down. Now this part of the hike is a bit demoralizing. The next 4 miles down stars with one of the longest stretch of stone steps I have ever seen constructed. It becomes monotonous as you descend over 1,500 feet in a little over a mile over stone steps. We were down after 12 miles and then forded the outfall creek from Statton Pond this time keeping our boots mostly dry and then walked the rest of the way back to our car.

We had an amazing dinner at a fine restaurant next to our Motel (the Stillwell??? Motel). We highly recommend the food at the Coplin Restaurant. The best food in the area but only open Wed through weekend.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:418 ft / 126 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2985 ft / 909 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Grade/Class:1,2 and minor 3
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Stream Ford, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
64F warmer and cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:268 ft / 81 m
    Distance:0.4 mi / 0.6 km
    Start Trailhead:Saddle between Avery and West Peak  3820 ft / 1164 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2985 ft / 909 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 2835 ft / 865 m; Extra: 150 ft / 45m
    Gain on way out:150 ft / 45 m
    Distance:4.7 mi / 7.6 km
    Route:Warden's Trail
    End Trailhead:Upper Parking by Stratton Brook Pond  1253 ft / 381 m
Ascent Part of Trip: Bigalow

Complete Trip Sequence:
1The Horns-North Peak2014-07-30 a2779 ft / 847 m
1Bigelow Mountain2014-07-30 c840 ft / 256 m
2The Horns2014-07-30 b200 ft / 61 m
4Avery Peak2014-07-30 d418 ft / 127 m
Total Trip Gain: 4237 ft / 1291 m    Total Trip Loss: 4237 ft / 1292 m

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