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Ascent of Mount Redington on 2016-08-11

Climber: Aleksey Zinger

Date:Thursday, August 11, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Redington
    Location:USA-Maine
    Elevation:4000 ft / 1219 m

Ascent Trip Report

The ``herd path" is now a trail for all practical purposes. The only difference is that it is marked by (usually) orange tape every 100 feet or so, instead of blazes every few hundred yards. There are a few spots where one comes in contact with tree branches, but such spots can be found on many official trails. The path leaves from the spur which leads from the South Crocker summit sign on the AT to the actual summit. It is about as wide as the spur. It soon reaches the AT boundary cut (marked by triple yellow blazes) and follows it to the right until it is about to drop off. The trail then turns left at a cairn; there is also a tree blocking the cut at this point. Some TRs state that the trail to Redington goes straight across the cut. This is because there is another herd path from South Crocker that hits the boundary cut just across from where the trail turns left off the cut. However, if you follow the orange tape from South Crocker, you will need to follow the cut to the right briefly. After crossing the col, the trail hits an old logging road and follows it up uphill and to the left; the path to the right on the road is blocked by several trees. The trail leaves the road at another cairn with further path on the road blocked by more trees and continues uphill to the summit of Redington. Along the way, there is a junction where another path enters the trail; note this place for your return trip. At this junction, the other path looks more like a trail than the trail itself. However, the trail is marked by several pieces of orange tape, while other path by single white and blue tape. The trickiest part for me was to find the canister on the summit Redington. An AT section hiker was on the summit just before me, but based on the registry it seems she did not find the canister (perhaps she did not look for it). It is on the path from the open area marked by blue tape.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Part of Trip: The Stratton Four

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Crocker Mountain2016-08-11 
2South Crocker Mountain2016-08-11 
3Mount Redington2016-08-11 
4Sugarloaf Mountain2016-08-11 



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