Ascent of Macomb Mountain on 2015-09-06

Climber: Ed Kobos

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, September 6, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Macomb Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4370 ft / 1331 m

Ascent Trip Report

I arrived at the Elk Lake Trail Head, at 7:30 and there was only 1 small parking spot left. It was tight, but luckily my car fit. I decided that I would use my new Sawyer water filter and fill my bladder at Slide Brook. The trail was full of roots and small rocks. I hit State Land and a few minutes later I hit Slide Brook. The brook was DRY! I met a group, who were camping at the Lean To, who said that there was running water, up the trail to the Macomb Slide. I decided to trust them and headed up the trail. As I climbed, I could hear the water flowing below the rocks. The banks were getting steeper as I went higher and when the trail turned away from the brook, I decided to retrace my steps a bit to a more accessible route to the water. I had to climb down about 25’ to the brook. I found a pocket of running water and filtered 6 bags of water, then I returned to my climb. At 10:05 I got my 1st view of the Macomb Slide. I spotted a cairn, leading to the slide and entered the slide, there. The slide was amazing. The sun was just starting to shine above the summit. I got some great pictures. The best were looking down toward the valley and Elk Lake. There were many great views, as I approached the summit. I hit the top of the slide and I still had more climbing to go, to get to the summit. I reached it at 11:05 where my GPS read 4414’ and 3.6 miles into my trip. There was a set of two signs identifying the summit along with a geo marker in the rock. This was my best climb, so far.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2296 ft / 699 m
    Total Elevation Loss:252 ft / 76 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5.1 mi / 8.2 km
    Grade/Class:IV & 5.2
    Quality:8 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Beautiful Day - mid 50s to mid 70s
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2296 ft / 699 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Route:Marked trail to Slide Brook, then herd path to Mac
    Start Trailhead:Elk Lake Trail Head  2074 ft / 632 m
    Time:3 Hours 31 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:252 ft / 76 m
    Distance:0.9 mi / 1.5 km
    Route:Ridge herd path from Macomb to South Dix
    End Trailhead:South Dix  4118 ft / 1255 m
    Time:0 Hours 53 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Mac-SDix-Grace-Hough

Complete Trip Sequence:
 Hough Peak2015-09-06376 ft / 115 m
1Macomb Mountain2015-09-062296 ft / 700 m
2South Dix2015-09-060 ft / 0 m
3Grace Mountain2015-09-06420 ft / 128 m
Total Trip Gain: 3092 ft / 943 m    Total Trip Loss: 3068 ft / 936 m

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