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OnagerCOLD  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2013

Onager

Summited Allen Mountain 4340 on a snowy, cold Saturday. We slept in the car Friday night at the East River trailhead and started on the trail at 6:30 AM. We crossed the Hudson in the dark of the morning and managed it easily. We did not know of the re-route around Lake Jimmy... so we actually went across the "floating" bridge.. not fun and I don't recommend it. After a few more hours of bland old logging roads we made it to the Opalescent and waded through the frigid water with water shoes. The rest of the hike followed a rather uninteresting herd path and logging road. The trail after signing the second trail register was pretty muddy, but easy to follow if you pay attention. Crampons/microspikes are a must this time of year. We got over 8 inches on snow throughout the 12 hour 18 mile hike. The ascent wasn't particularly difficult, some steep icey sections, but nothing we haven't seen before.. just go slow, an injury 9 miles in is pretty serious since you have to self rescue. Each of us fell and slid multiple times, and I had one bad fall that could have ended much worse for me. Would love this one in good summer or early fall weather, but its pretty difficult at this time.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 10:53 am

yadahzoemtnAllen Ice  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 19, 2008

yadahzoemtn

I learned how much more effective micro spikes are in comparison to stablicers
Posted Sep 1, 2013 9:53 pm

EnapaiRoute Climbed: Upper Works -->Yellow Trail --> Allen Herds Path  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2012

Enapai

Bridge over Lake Jimmy is in very poor condition. Bridges over Hudson River (wade through) and Opolescent River (can rock hop if poke around enough) are out so water shoes are suggested.

The slide lives up to the hype and there is still plenty of route finding challenges. Herds path is pretty straight forward.

Only Seymour left to finish the 46!
Posted Jul 2, 2012 11:31 pm

Bkoziol3Winter Perfection!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 19, 2012

Bkoziol3

Tackled Allen on a perfect winter day! Hard pack the entire way to the top. A lot of snow, was able to descend most of the steeps with a controlled butt slide. Shared a great moment on top with a couple who finished their W46 that day. The distance is formidable but the hike itself was not bad with most of the gain coming in the final few miles. I had heard a lot stories about this peak, but the frozen landscape allowed a relatively "easy" passage. In with the sunrise and out with the sunset! HP#28 W#4
Posted Feb 20, 2012 3:16 pm

JimWallaceWinter ascent  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 8, 2011

JimWallace

Counting down the winter 46.Was glad to get Allen out of the way.Near 18 mile round trip was easy until elevation gain.The snow near the last mile was around 20 inches deep.We pushed our way to the top though breaking in the path for others to follow.The summit was socked in by snow clouds,but it still felt rewarding..JW
Posted Jan 15, 2011 12:35 pm

mike_lindacherThe Infamous Allen  Sucess!

mike_lindacher

#44 for me. Allen's pretty cool. Unique approach, some route finding required, road crossing, trail, slide ... it's actually a decent day with good weather.
Posted Aug 30, 2010 4:57 pm

JimWallaceAllen alone  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 21, 2009

JimWallace

This was one of the top ten hikes for me.I did this trek alone because I couldn't find anyone who would do the 20 mile day hike with me.This hike had allittle of everything.It was hard to find the path at times due to the fallen leaves and then at elevations there was an accumulation of snow and ice.Since there hadn't been any snow anywhere else yet,I went unprepared.When I reached the steep icy slide I gave it all I had to get up it.I even blurted out a few swear words at the mountain before I reached the summit.Once on top I felt like a million bucks and forgave the mountain for the stearn fight she had put up.It as glorious and memorable.I would do it all again in a heartbeat.....JW
Posted Dec 16, 2009 10:58 pm

TahawusAllen Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 21, 2006

Tahawus

Climbed via the Flowed Lands Trail from Tahawus. Got an early start and made it to the base of the mountain in about three to four hours. The ascent up the slide was very difficult (beware the red moss!) and exhausting. Finally, we made it to the summit, had lunch, took some pictures and made our way back down. The whole hike took us about 12 hours.
Posted Aug 11, 2008 6:17 pm

starship_jenFrom Upper Works  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Feb 16, 2008

starship_jen

Hiked with Paul. Broke trail the whole way. No one had been in since the week before. Exhausting trip. Frustrating most of the way. Steep up top. Glad to have it finished! #26/46
Posted Feb 17, 2008 11:13 pm

mike_lindacherSteel and Timber  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 2, 2007

mike_lindacher

"Herd Path" is obvious and very much improved. Hikers should have zero difficulty following it. 9:40 in perfect weather. A very long day. #45!
Posted Sep 4, 2007 11:08 am

The edgeADK #18  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 2005

The edge

yes both summer and winter now!!
Posted Mar 14, 2007 4:57 pm

climber46Route Climbed: standard herd path from the west Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2001  Sucess!

climber46

The trail/herd path had been cleared of blowdown by the time I hiked it. It had also been flagged in order to be sure hikers did not wander onto private hunting club property.



I found this hike to be easiet than expected. Allen had previously had a reputation of being the hardest ADK high peaki. While not as scenic as some other ADK hikes, this is decent climb. Watch or for slick rock when crossing the slide!
Posted Jul 19, 2005 9:48 pm

woodstriderRoute Climbed: bushwhack Twin Brooks to Skylight Brook to Allen Brook, or the standard herdpath Date Climbed: Jan 24, 98 and Sept. 28,96  Sucess!

woodstrider

N. Ohanian and I joined forces witht he Rochester Winter Mountaineering Society to do this as a 3 day backpack. Unbroken trail once we left Twin Brooks. Summer route filled with deep soft powder snow so we followed along the ridge line to the right of Allen Brook. My idea. Longer, but easier trail breaking. Arrived at canister at sundown. 8 of 11 made it. Got Allen on the first try! Thanks RWMS.
Posted Apr 29, 2005 5:28 pm

avidwandererRoute Climbed: Herd Path??? Date Climbed: August 2003  Sucess!

avidwanderer

I and two friends were in the dacks for four days and got this one down. Great view from the summit once I climbed some evergreens! (hahah) Glad I did this in the summer--in winter it would be a real challenge.
Posted Sep 24, 2004 7:15 am

ADKhiker46Route Climbed: Yellow Trail -> Herd Path Date Climbed: June 17th, 20004  Sucess!

ADKhiker46

Trail is in great condition for summer, also is VERY easy to follow all the way to the top. Took 3 hours to skylight brook, 1.5 hours to the top from there. I would defiantely camp to do this mountain, so it is at least enjoyable as opposed to a exhausting/near death experience haha. FInished 46er on Allen!!!
Posted Jun 18, 2004 7:26 pm

WhiteLiefRoute Climbed: Upper Works to Allen Brook & Up Date Climbed: February 28, 2004  Sucess!

WhiteLief

Easy-to-follow packed snowshoe trail on a warm and sunny day. The trail is pretty well marked from the site of the old Twin Brook Lean-to, with yellow markers, then some flagging towards Skylight Brook. On the mountain there are some slashes on the trees, but these are more visible going down. The route is in or near Allen Brook (or so it seems--there was a lot of snow). I was happy to have the trail packed out, but warm temps meant soft snow.



Long hike in and then a very steep climb. If you are doing this in a day, bring some lighting and plenty of water. For snow travel plan on sliding at least part of the way down.



A truly exhausting adventure.



ADDENDUM



I was on Algonquin on 6/30/04, and snapped a panorama which is too big to fit on this site. Check it out (among others) at /www.whitelief.com/allen-key.htm. It shows what a trek the Allen hike actually is. The unlabled mtn. near the beginning is Mt. Adams.
Posted Mar 1, 2004 10:55 pm

hillmanRoute Climbed: skylight brook to the slide Date Climbed: august 5 2003  Sucess!

hillman

Hiked with alistair from scotland. He is an adventure racer. He is fast. I puked when I got back to my car. 12 hours round trip. Wet and buggy.
Posted Sep 23, 2003 9:41 pm

nuclimberRoute Climbed: i don't remember Date Climbed: july 2000  Sucess!

nuclimber

lots o' blowdown. bugs are terrible. not much of a view. need for 46er.
Posted Aug 8, 2003 1:05 pm

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