Ascent of Kane Mountain on 2016-10-15

Climber: Douglas Fortman

Others in Party:Katherine
Date:Saturday, October 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kane Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2180 ft / 664 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a very easy hike, .75 miles to the summit on the red trail, and 1.5 back down on the North (yellow) trail. The yellow trail has a section that is fairly steep, but it also has a lot of not very steep hiking. Near the end of the hike down, there's a very wet muddy section, but otherwise, the trail is not wet at all. Today was absolutely beautiful - not cold and the colors are at about peak - this being the southern section of the Adirondacks, the fall foliage season lasts a little longer than the high peaks (or perhaps it's just that it starts a little later).

There are no views from the treed summit, unless you climb to the top of the fire tower, where you are treated to beautiful views of the surrounding lakes (Canada Lake, West Lake and Pine Lake) and the lower Adirondack Mountains. The parking lot was full when we returned to the car at about noon, and some people were parked out on Green Lake Road.

About .25 mile up the red trail, we saw a Marten about 15 feet off of the trail. He/she didn't seem very afraid of us, almost as curious of us as we were of it, while we snapped a bunch of photos.
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Canada Lake, West Lake from Kane Mountain Fire Tower (2016-10-15). Photo by Douglas Fortman.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:469 ft / 142 m
    Total Elevation Loss:471 ft / 143 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.8 km
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:469 ft / 142 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:Red Trail
    Start Trailhead:Green Lake Road, Caroga Lake, NY  1711 ft / 521 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:471 ft / 143 m
    Distance:1.6 mi / 2.5 km
    Route:Yellow (North) Trail
    End Trailhead:Green Lake Road  1709 ft / 520 m
    Time:46 Minutes

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