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Friday, April 29, 2016

Ragged Mountain South Summit(Adirondacks)

My dad and I took a ride north to visit part of the new Boreas Pond Tract in the Adirondacks on a cool, beautiful spring morning.  We parked along gravel Gulf Brook Road just before the gate blocking all public motorized vehicles. 
After walking around the gate, we headed north Gulf Brook Road, with nice views back south towards Sand Pond Mountain.
Soon the road bends, crossing over Gulf Brook.
Less than a quarter mile past the brook crossing, an unmarked trail leaves the road and heads east.  It soon becomes a logging road and can be followed all the way to the notch between Ragged Mountain and its south summit.
Once at the notch, a nice view of Ragged Mountain opens up directly to the north.
I turned right and began climbing through the woods up the south summit, where I encountered some snowy patches.
The bushwhack is short and easy, climbing directly up to the south summit in just over .1 of a mile.  Had to search around a little bit, but easily found cliffs with awesome views.
Clifftop views to the south and west, with Blue Ridge Road winding below.
A view south towards Hoffman Notch.
Great views.
I ran around the summit area, finding more views to the northwest towards Wolf Pond Mountain.
Sand Pond Mountain to the west.
Turned back here, bushwhacking off the summit to the logging road and then eventually back to Gulf Brook Road.  Hiked a total of about 3 miles RT. 

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