Ascent of Scar Ridge on 2015-07-03

Climber: Dan Quinlan

Others in Party:Gudi Quinlan
Date:Friday, July 3, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Scar Ridge
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:3774 ft / 1150 m

Ascent Trip Report

July 3, 2015
Scar Ridge
Clear skies, temps 70’s, slight breeze
Gudi and I parked at the Loon Ski area and started up the Brookway trail – which in the summer time is a service road – so that was a nice start!
9:35 am
Well the road portion didn’t last very long and we were soon at Camp III and headed up the Lower Walking Boss trail. The sun was pretty warm this morning so we opted for the left side of the trail which was still shaded – what a relief. The ski trails were covered with yellow, orange and purple flowers – very pretty. But whenever I stopped to take a picture the black flies and mosquitoes attacked! They were relentless today!
10:00 am
Finished with the Lower Walking Boss and now onto the Upper Walking Boss. There is a reason these are ski trails and not hiking trails – they are STEEP and just keep going up! It was to turn around and look at the mountains as the popped out from behind one another as we continued our ascent. First you could see just the summit of Flume and Liberty, which grew as we gained elevation. Then Lincoln and Lafayette came into view. It was pretty neat.
10:40 am
Got the Herd path just below the summit of Loon. We didn’t see a cairn, but the trail is easy to spot next to the Out of Bounds warning signs for the skiers
11:05 am
We never really found a good place to change our direction toward Scar, but we did have some waypoints so at 11:05 we ‘took a right’ off the herd path and headed into the woods. Well this one wasn’t all that easy. And doing a bushwhack in the middle of summer with shorts and a short sleeve shirt just isn’t that much fun. What made this one tough is not how thick it is, but the amount of blowdowns, often 2 or 3 crisscrossed on top of each other. We only found a herd path for about 300 meters somewhere in the middle of our trek. Normally as you get close to a trail-less peak a herd path forms – not here! The blowdowns just send everyone scrambling in different directions.
12:50 pm
Not much to see here, and the amount of mosquitoes attacking us makes our stay very short. A quick sandwich and some chips and we are on our way.
3:00 pm
What a relief – back on the herd path and heading toward Loon mtn. This is a great relief – this is the last ‘trail-less’ peak I need to visit to complete NE Hundred Highest! Truly, there are worse bushwhacks in Maine, much thicker. But with the blowdown and mid summer clothing this one was tough that is for sure.
3:15 pm
Back on the ski trails and headed up – so we can go down Sunset and Haulback. This will keep us off the Black Diamond Upper Walking Boss. It sounds silly, but your toes will thank you! These trails are steep, even the Blue square ones!
3:25 pm
Took a quick trip to the summit of Loon NE peak.
4:50 pm
Back at the car. We stopped to take some pictures along the river on our way down Brookway. Bugs were horrible today. That is the last of trial-less peaks we need for NHHH – what a relief!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3200 ft / 975 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3200 ft / 975 m
    Distance:8.6 mi / 13.8 km
    Route:Brookway, Walking Boss, Herd, Bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:Loon Ski Area  574 ft / 174 m
    Time:7 Hours 40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
Ascent Part of Trip: Scar

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Scar Ridge2015-07-03 a3200 ft / 975 m
2Loon Mountain-Northeast Peak2015-07-03 b 
Total Trip Gain: 3200 ft / 975 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Dan Quinlan
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