Ascent of Baker Mountain on 2017-07-02

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:Matt Bangel
Alan Bangel -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Sunday, July 2, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Baker Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2457 ft / 748 m

Ascent Trip Report

On Sunday we planned to hike this .9 mile trail to the summit of Baker Mountain. Another requirement for the Saranac Six.
The rain had finally abated and the sun was shining. The trail went steadily up after about a 50' walk in. The intro material we had read had said to take the trail that lead left from the main marked trail. A split appeared 100' into the climb and I decided to turn left, Matt disagreed but went along with me. after a short time say a little over a tenth of a mile I realized I had left my GPS on the hood of my car loading. I turned around and headed back Matt followed at a slower pace.
After retrieving the GPS we were both at the split ready to regain elevation when a hiker appeared on the right side trail and told us that the trail we were on lead to a popular rock climbing area and not the summit. We were directed to climb the trail he had just descended. We followed his direction.
The first few tenths were similar to the climb we had done on Scarface (the elevation part), but as the distance continued the trail became steeper and we found ourselves scrambling on slippery stone and mud on what turned out to be the steepest trail we had encountered in the last few days. This trail was not the same as the trails encountered during the rain. People were everywhere, kids everywhere, and parents with babies included. Maybe it was the sun, perhaps the shortness of the trail, whatever the reason it was more like being in a park than climbing a mountain.
The summit reached we took pictures, rested, and headed down. The trip down was not as bad as we thought it might be and, I think in less than an hour we were back at the car.
GPS elevation 1463' - 2461'
Book had the gain at 884'and my GPS gave it as 994'the number was left since we both climbed the left trail first and then returned and then climbed the right trail. The mountain had herd paths over most of its surface and in the higher elevations we never found a split left that seemed to match the descriptions we had read.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:994 ft / 302 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:994 ft / 302 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Start Trailhead:1463 ft / 445 m
Descent Statistics

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