Ascent of Slide Mountain on 2016-09-12

Climber: Spencer Corcoran

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, September 12, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Slide Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:4180 ft / 1274 m

Ascent Trip Report

From Cornell's summit, I made a steep then moderate 600 ft. drop to the col, where there were several neat campsites set up by the NYSDEC (New York State Department of Environmental Conservation). Would be a cool overnight with the utilization of one of these sites. Once I bottomed out, I made an easy initial climb out of the col, then it got progressively steeper, passing the 3,500 ft. elevation marker in the process (although it didn't feel like 3,500 ft, since the woods were still open and colorful with lots of leaves.) Thereafter, the trail got quite steep, with lots of scrambling and some "ladders" (really steep stairs, similar to those on the Osseo Trail). Eventually, I broke 4,000 ft, then came to Burroughs Ledge, where there were restricted views towarc Cornell and Wittenburg.

The true summit, just past the ledge (which I didn't initially know about), was at a wooded, viewless clearing with old tower footings. There were a couple good directional views downslope in the opposite direction, which added a trivial amount of extra mileage. Went back to Burroughs Ledge to hang out and display Ol' Glory on the closest 4K to New York City.

Eventually, I had to go back down, so after my 50 minute summit break, I left the top around 12:06 PM. Re-climbed Cornell and Wittenburg, then made a leisurely descent back to the campground, which I reached at 3:10 PM, 7 hours 35 minutes after starting.

Hell of a daytrip, but totally worth it!
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1890 ft / 575 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1570 ft / 477 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9.8 mi / 15.8 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:930 ft / 283 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 320 ft / 98 m; Extra: 610 ft / 185m
    Loss on way in:610 ft / 185 m
    Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Route:Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail
    Start Trailhead:Cornell Mountain  3860 ft / 1176 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:960 ft / 292 m
    Gain on way out:960 ft / 292 m
    Distance:7.5 mi / 12.1 km
    Route:Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide Trail
    End Trailhead:Woodland Valley Campground  
Ascent Part of Trip: Wittenberg-Cornell-Slide

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Wittenberg Mountain2016-09-122500 ft / 762 m
2Cornell Mountain2016-09-12210 ft / 64 m
3Slide Mountain2016-09-121890 ft / 576 m
Total Trip Gain: 4600 ft / 1402 m    Total Trip Loss: 1795 ft / 548 m

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