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Ascent of South Crocker Mountain on 2016-06-11

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Date:Saturday, June 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:South Crocker Mountain
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4040 ft / 1231 m

Ascent Trip Report

Third 4000 foot peak of the day. To get it, we backtracked from the Spaulding back to the saddle junction of Sugarloaf, and then followed the AT back towards Caribou Valley creek. This time we crossed the creek (which has a 2 by 8 at the deepest place to help the backpackers. crossing the AT and Caribou Valley Road and decided to head west and up the AT towards the Crocker Mountains. It was sprinkling on us, and it was about 2000 foot additional climb ahead of us. The first miles barely climbs the large range, but the last mile is very steep and was hard on our worn out knees. There are actually some nice views off the peak of this mountain and it has enough prominence in its own right to stand alone on lists below Crocker but is a fine climb as South Crocker itself. It was getting late and our entire day including non-hiking was showing up to be a 20 mile day so we headed down without completing Redington and Crocker. I will come back and just get them from this particular path.

We ended up hiking about 17 miles and nearly 6000 total vertical feet. We started at 8:15 and ended at 3:30PM so we made very good time all day.



Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1960 ft / 597 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2020 ft / 615 m
    Round-Trip Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+,2
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
60F and drizzle
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1900 ft / 579 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1880 ft / 573 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:AT
    Start Trailhead:Caribou Valley Creek Crossing  2160 ft / 658 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2000 ft / 609 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1940 ft / 591 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:2.8 mi / 4.5 km
    Route:At to Caribou Valley Road
    End Trailhead:Car parked on Caribou Valley Road  2100 ft / 640 m
Ascent Part of Trip: ME-2016-1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Sugarloaf Mountain2016-06-11 a2530 ft / 771 m
2Spaulding Mountain2016-06-11 b1095 ft / 334 m
3South Crocker Mountain2016-06-11 c1960 ft / 597 m
Total Trip Gain: 5585 ft / 1702 m    Total Trip Loss: 5585 ft / 1702 m



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