Ascent of Arab Mountain on 2017-07-22

Climber: Christa Kearsey

Others in Party:Alyssa Losee -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 22, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Arab Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2539 ft / 773 m

Ascent Trip Report

Arb Mnt would mark the last of the 4 towers that Alyssa and I had set out to conquer during our two day camping excursion to the Adirondacks. We headed out from Cathedral Rock, Latham Fire Tower and back tracked about 20 minutes along Route 3, following signs for Arb Mnt which lead us down County Rt. 62 to Eagle Crag Rd. in Tupper Lake, we used thus for the GPS address but the sings were easy to follow and the trail head was marked with the usual brown and yellow hanging sign used for most DEC maintained trails. The gravel parking area is a decent size room enough for 10 cars or more, and is located across the street from the trail head.

We parked and headed up the trail around 3pm, it was later than ideal to start up but it was only 2mi round trip and we had head lamps. There is a donation box at the base of the trail-head sign if you feel so inclined as too contribute, after completing the trail you can see how this trail in particular is at risk of erosion, plus the fire tower was restored in the past decade through the work of volunteers Friends of Mount Arab and AmeriCorps!

The trail begins with what quickly becomes a steep ascent, and with an elevation change of 760ft, this was by far the steepest of the four fire towers we has accomplished in the past 2 days (Stillwater, Bald, Cathedral and Arab). About half way up my calf's were on fire. Hard to say if it was the lack of tread on my shoes or if it was the final mountain of the trip catching up to my fatigued muscles, or if this was truly the most difficult hike of the four to hike! I would guess a combination of both but for me this was the most challenging.

The ascent at times felt like climbing giant stone steps, I don't generally use poles but you might find them helpful for this trial. Even though there are many slippery rock surfaces there are also many areas of soft ground which I am sure becomes very muddy with heavy rains. There were many times climbing i thought I could glimpse the tower among the trees, but the trail just kept straight up we went for almost an hour before larger granite rock formations began to emerge, and finally a clearing appeared with an observers cabin at it's base.

If you walk south east past the fire tower there is a beautiful exposed rock face where you can glimpse beautiful 180 views of views of Eagle Crag and Mount Arab lakes. You have to walk past the tower and down a small rock face until you see a tony opening in the small forest of pines where someone has hung a hummingbird feeder and constructed a tiny log bench which is a nice area to rest. Continue further towards a larger exposed rock face and stand near the edge to get the great 180 views of the surrounding lakes and Blue Mountain can be glimpsed to the north east. This peak holds another greatly anticipated fire tower, Blue Mountain Fire tower.

Views from the top of the tower were excellent, providing a unique glimpse of surroundings lakes. We saw a thunder storm rolling across the horizon and visibility started to decrease after about 30 minutes at the summit and we headed down. It started raining while we were still up in the tower and you could hear it on the tin roof. Peaceful. we headed down in the rain but the trees sheltered up most of the way. got to the car just in time to miss the storm and headed to a near by brewery Raquette Brewery near Raquette LAke. Where we learned more abut the Tupper Lake Triad from a pair of local ladies who were wiser than us beyond our years. We enjoyed from food truck BBQ and a live band with a random joining in of the crowd, which included a women with a set of unbelievable pipes and a man who could wail on the harmonica. Good ending to an amazing trip.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2539 ft / 773 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2545 ft / 775 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2539 ft / 773 m
    Start Trailhead:0 ft / 0 m
    Time:1 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2545 ft / 775 m
    End Trailhead:-6 ft / -1 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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