Ascent of Eagle Mountain on 2016-10-29
|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|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3600 ft / 1097 m|
Ascent Trip ReportIt 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|
| 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|
| 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:
Total Trip Gain: 2566 ft / 782 m Total Trip Loss: 2575 ft / 785 m
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