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Cliff & Redfield Across Flowed Lands (3/1/14)

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Distance
19.3 mi
Elevation gain
4,380 ft
Technical difficulty
Moderate
Elevation loss
4,380 ft
Max elevation
4,643 ft
TrailRank 
33
Min elevation
1,778 ft
Trail type
Loop
Time
11 hours 48 minutes
Coordinates
3863
Uploaded
March 3, 2014
Recorded
March 2014
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4,643 ft
1,778 ft
19.3 mi

near Tahawus, New York (United States)

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Itinerary description

Beautiful hike on a perfect day. Temp about -15 Fahrenheit in the parking lot when we started at 4:30 am. Daybreak by the time we got to "Flowed Lands". The trek across Flowed Lands is awesome during the winter with views of Mount Colden, Avalanche Cliffs, and the surrounding countryside. It was still very cold. I was wearing two light polyester layers, a thin shell top, soft shell pants. I had my Tubbs' Flex Alps on all day (perfect choice).

Flowed Lands (across the ice) only cuts off about 0.2 miles one way. However, some have reported that the summer route around Flowed Lands is nasty, buggy, muddy, mobile rocky, full of PUDs, and adds significant time. Alcohol was involved in both the sending and receiving of these reports.

Cliff has a very steep and icy section of about 500 vertical feet, but the trail is very narrow with plenty of handholds. A traditional mountaineering axe was found on this day to be horrible hindrance, as it caught on every low branch and blow-down. However we did discuss the use of an ice climbers axe such as: http://www.bentgate.com/shop/black-diamond-equipment/black-diamond-viper-ice-tool-3846 .

The walk up Redfield was a straight forward walk-up. Moderate grades with nice views (though windy) at the top. Back to the car by 4:00 pm. I did some back tracking, hence the distance could be better estimated as about 18 miles.

Waypoints

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,831 ft

Another slippery set of stairs

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,960 ft
Photo ofCalamity Brook

Calamity Brook

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,926 ft
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Cliff summit

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,923 ft

Faux Summit (Keep going)

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,296 ft

Herd Path Junction

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,255 ft

Leanto junc

PictographWaypoint Altitude 1,768 ft

Parking CR

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,754 ft
Photo ofFlowed lands

Flowed lands

PictographWaypoint Altitude 4,577 ft
Photo ofRedfield Summit Photo ofRedfield Summit Photo ofRedfield Summit

Redfield Summit

PictographWaypoint Altitude 3,625 ft

Scary Icy $hi+ (I think)

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,758 ft

Trail AFL 01

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,761 ft

Trail AFL 02

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,776 ft

Trail AFL 03

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,775 ft

Trail AFL 04

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,775 ft

Trail AFL 05

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,825 ft

Trail AFL 06

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,842 ft

Trail AFL 07

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,767 ft

Trail AFL 08

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,759 ft

Trail AFL 09

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,768 ft

Trail1

PictographWaypoint Altitude 2,781 ft

Tricky Ladder at Dam

Comments  (1)

  • Photo of jmmdds
    jmmdds Mar 4, 2014

    some have mentioned using a Black Diamond whippet rather than an ice axe.

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