Ascent of McKenzie Mountain on 2014-08-03

Climber: Dennis Van Amburgh

Date:Sunday, August 3, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:McKenzie Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3832 ft / 1167 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike. Did from rt86 trailhead in ray brook. The trail is mostly flat or easy ascent until the junction with haystack. From there it is a fairly steady and easy ascent up until the next junction. From there it is still relatively easy but muddy and rocky as you hike up a stream. Then, the ascent kicks in big time and becomes very steep for about a mile, working your legs quite a bit which is the blood pumping part of the hike. I had a peanut butter snickers bar here. At one point there is a scramble that looks tough. If you look to the left there is a herd path with alot of roots to climb up with just your feet. It flattens out on top of this and you are on one of the bumps on the false summit but its pretty nice. There are a few nice views here. Eventually you will get views of the real summit and it will look distant. But, it is very easy, maybe a 20 minute hike to the real summit with no deep ascent/descent it is a cakewalk. The true summit is marked by a plastic marker on a tree with 'mckenzie mountain' written on it, you cant miss it. There were tons of lookouts and places to chill with a view up here.

I was going to do moose but it was very muddy and i think would have added 6mi to the trip so ill hit that up some other day from the other side. Met a couple from ohio and another couple from quebec while i was hosing the mud off my legs at a stream.

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