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Redfield Mountain (and Maybe Cliff?)

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Jun 17 6:00AM - 7:00AM

Redfield Mountain is one of the most ruggedHigh Peaks. The trail to its summit is narrow, rough, and wet. But the sense of adventure is very high, and the views are memorable. Although I've only climbed it once before, I remember it as one of the more interesting climbs.

The agenda for this day will be an aggressive 17-mile round-trip hike to Redfield from the Upper Works trailhead. To ensure that we can cover these miles, we will need to set a brisk pace.This isdifficult terrain, and we will be encounteringchallenging conditionsalong the way. Fortunately, June offers generous portions of daylight, making this the best time of year for such a long hike.

Photo: View of Allen Mountain from the summit of Redfield

It will be tempting to add Cliff to the agenda, but this adds 1.8 miles to the agenda. This will be an option we can consider as we're coming back down from Redfield.

Although we will be hiking in the heart of the so-called "bug season," we will probably not be idle long enough to care. The summits and ridgelines are exposed enough to passing breezes that we may not even have to worry about them while we're climbing.

Photo: View of Algonquin from Uphill Brook

DEC'S MUDDY TRAIL ADVISORY: Trails above 2,500 feet are a mix of mud, ice and snow as the ice melts and frost leaves the ground, making them slippery and vulnerable to erosion by hikers. Hikers can prevent damage to hiking trails and sensitive alpine vegetation by avoiding trails high elevation trails at this time. Hikers are advised to only use trails at lower elevations as these usually dry soon after snowmelt and are on less erosive soils than the higher peaks. The Muddy Trail Advisory provides additional information and a list of alternate hikes.

Approximate Hiking Distance: Approximately 17-mileround-trip day hikeover extremely difficult terrain, with thousands of vertical feet of climbing and descending. The terrain is very rugged and wet.

Group Size: To help minimize impacts on the fragile alpine environments, we will keep the size of our group to no more than 10 people.

Dogs: Regulations for the High Peaks Wilderness require leashes at all times.

Carpooling: I typically arrange carpools when possible from the Barneveld NY area (north of Utica).The nitty-gritty details of who rides with who can be worked out when we assemble at the meeting place.

Meeting Time & Place:This informationwill be communicated by email to those who RSVP "yes." Be sure that your Meetup email settings are set to receive messages from trip organizers. NOTE THAT WE WILL NEED AN EARLY START TO ALLOW PLENTY OF TIME FOR THE HIKE.

Weather Conditions:Conditions at this date will be summer-like, with warm temperatures and potentially humid conditions. The high, exposed summits could be cool and breezy. Rain could render some of the rock surfaces slippery.

Bugs: Mosquitoes, black flies, and deer flieswill likely be present on this date.June ispeak "bug season" in the Adirondacks. Many people do not enjoy being in the woods during this time of year. However, we will be spending much time at exposed areas in high elevations, so in theory we could go long periods without being pestered.

Risk Statement: While we never deliberately court dangerous situations, the exploration of wilderness areas implies a certain level of personal risk, such as being injured in a remote area. By participating in any Adirondack Wilderness Explorer outing, you assume responsibility for your own safety and well being.

What to Bring:

Backpack

Lunch & lots ofsnacks

Water--and lots of it!

Clothing for a variety of situations: shorts for the climb, something warm for the summits, something waterproof in case it rains, and something dry for the drive home.

Sturdy footwear

Sunscreen

Headlamp or flashlight in case we are not able to exit the woods as quickly as we expect

Insect repellent and/or headnet, if you're sensitive to bug bites

Weather Forecast (as of 6/14/2017):

Saturday: A 50 percent chance of showers after 10am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 79. South wind 3 to 7 mph. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

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