Started at 8:30 am, finished with headlamps at 10:00 pm. Long, but rewarding day. Had a really awesome group of people to hike with and celebrated one of them finishing the 46. Great views up top I thought over to Mt Marcy and everything else east of Mt Allen. Used microspikes on the slabs with red slime, worked great. No joke about it. #40 for me.
Long and enjoyable day. 12.5 hours round trip from the East River Trail parking lot. The new bridge over the Hudson and the trail re-route around Lake Jimmy are a pleasure. Bring water shoes to ford the Opalescent River and microspikes or Yaktrax for the slide....the red slime is for real! Very slippery when wet...and it is always wet!
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.
I learned how much more effective micro spikes are in comparison to stablicers
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!
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
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
#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.
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
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.
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
yes both summer and winter now!!
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!
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.
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.
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!!!
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.