Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2016-10-29

Climber: Crystal Davis

Others in Party:Dan Petit -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, October 29, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Eagle Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3600 ft / 1097 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was 34F as we left the car and there was a little bit of snow on the ground from the start, but not much, just enough to make it slippery. We decided not to put our MicroSpikes on because the snow was patchy on the trail. I tied Sammy to my waist and of course, he was really excited so he was pulling. I had Sammy wearing his Outward Hound backpack so he had bright green on as it's hunting season...and so he could carry his own kibble and bowl.

I didn't have Sammy's backpack perfectly fit to him yet, so the leash kept getting underneath. Several little things that had gone wrong in the past few minutes put me in a bad mood. Suddenly I slipped on a snowy root and down I went. I hit my left knee pretty bad and it was quite painful. Then I got even madder, now at myself. Then we both put our MicroSpikes on and after 5 minutes kept going. Soon we came across some bear tracks. They were very clear in the fresh snow. They followed the trail for a bit, crossed the stream just as the trail did, and then kept going up stream.

The 1/2 - 1 inch of snow plus all of the newly fallen leaves made the hike up very tiring. We were "breaking trail" the whole way up. You wouldn't think you'd need such a term with such little snow, but it really made a difference. When the new rerouted section came up, we opted to go straight up the old trail. I like that most of the old trail markers were left in place despite the reroute...leave no trace lol.

We were soon at the junction and we met a couple that was doing a weekend loop hike. We chatted with them for a few minutes and then headed up to Eagle. Dan had talked about only doing Eagle and not doing Balsam because he just wasn't "feeling it" today and because of my bummed knee. I knew from researching this hike ahead of time that the trail over Haynes Mountain to Eagle was an easy hike on the ridgeline. It took us little over an hour to reach the summit.

I did not include Haynes in the trail statistics below, only on the "trip info" section.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1997 ft / 608 m
    Total Elevation Loss:578 ft / 176 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.3 mi / 10.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Animal/Pet
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1997 ft / 608 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.6 km
    Route:Oliverea-Mapledale Trail to Pine Hill-West Branch
    Start Trailhead:McKenley Hollow Road trailhead  1603 ft / 488 m
    Time:3 Hours 4 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:578 ft / 176 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Pine Hill-West Branch Trail
    End Trailhead:Eagle back to junction  3022 ft / 921 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Eagle and Balsam

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Eagle Mountain2016-10-291997 ft / 609 m
2Haynes Mountain2016-10-29 
3Balsam Mountain2016-10-29569 ft / 173 m
Total Trip Gain: 2566 ft / 782 m    Total Trip Loss: 2575 ft / 785 m

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