Ascent of Baker Mountain on 2016-06-18

Climber: Deb & Rob Osterhoudt

Date:Saturday, June 18, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Baker Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2457 ft / 748 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ultra 6er challenge - We met at the Green just after 4 am, signed in and we were on our way at 4:17 am. Started with McKenzie at the Jackrabbit Trail at 4:37 am and after ~3.8 miles and ~1900' of gain we reach the summit at 6:56 am. We stay for ~15 minutes and then make our way down for the trek to Haystack. We reach the junction after the 1.7 mile descent and hook the right (west) towards Haystack until we reach the cairn ~0.3 miles further. From there it is a quick shot to the summit for a beautiful view. Summit after 0.8 miles, 500' of gain at 8:29 am. From here it is ~2.7 miles back to the car to head towards Scarface. We are on trail at Scarface at 10:10 and after 3.4 miles of hot climbing we reach the summit at 12:22 pm. From here we descend and reach the car at 2:10 pm and head to Ampersand. We are on trail at Ampersand at 3:05 and gain 1800' over the next 2.7 miles (steep) to reach the summit at 5:10 pm. Stayed on summit 20 minutes and arrived back at car at 6:35 to head to St. Regis. When we arrived at St. Regis at 7:25 pm we knew we could make the sunset if we pushed it, so we pushed it and reached the summit after 3.5 miles and 1300' of gain we reach the summit at 8.30 and we are rewarded with a beautiful sunset. We stay on the summit until 9:20 and then start our way down, reach parking at 10:20 Pm and head to Baker - our final summit. We reach Baker at 11:14 - its only 0.9 miles and 900' of gain but after 5 mountain it felt a bit like Everest to us :) - we reach the summit at 11:45 and celebrate with the gang until 12:10. And then its down (car at 12:35) and ringing the bell at 12:45! For those attempting - we spent time at each trailhead cooling down, changing shirts, socks, etc. We also took our time on some of the steep areas due to the heat affecting some of our group. We were right around 20 hours all in.-
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:981 ft / 298 m
    Extra Gain:33 ft / 10 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Trailhead:Baker TH  1542 ft / 470 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:25 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Ultra 6er Summer

Complete Trip Sequence:
1McKenzie Mountain2016-06-182496 ft / 761 m
2Haystack Mountain2016-06-18558 ft / 170 m
4Ampersand Mountain2016-06-181906 ft / 581 m
5Saint Regis Mountain2016-06-181573 ft / 479 m
6Baker Mountain2016-06-18981 ft / 299 m
Total Trip Gain: 7514 ft / 2290 m    Total Trip Loss: 8860 ft / 2700 m

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