Climbing Log: Mt. Redfield & Cliff Mtn.

Mountains Climbed: Mt. Redfield and Cliff Mtn.
Date of Hike: Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
Hikers: Seth C. Burgess, Adam C. Chapin, Tanner W. Burgess (People: 2, Dogs: 1)

Trail Conditions: Frozen mud, ice patches on rock at higher elevation.

Comments: We arrived at the Upper Works parking lot late Tues. afternoon and hit the trail shortly thereafter, at 16:40. Having to do the second half of our hiking in the dark, we reached Calamity Lean-to No. 1 around 20:00. I imagine this 4.7 mi. section usually does not take 3 hrs. to do in full daylight. There is a new re-route along Calamity Brook that must be about 1 mile long or so--nicely done and soft on the feet.

Wed. morning we awoke after a good night’s sleep and hit the trail at 08:40. The overnight temperature dropped below freezing, but probably not by much. Adam and I were comfortabele in our sleeping bags in the Lean-to; I set up a small 1-man tent for Tanner (Golden Retriever) to sleep in to help reflect his body heat a bit. The tent seemed to help Tanner as most of the water that collected on him from wading through streams etc. had evaporated by morning. Next cold weather backpacking trip I’ll bring a ground pad for him, also.


Redfield and Cliff from Upper Works completed a 2-day trip to climb Mt. Redfield and Cliff Mtn. on 1-2 November 2011. Day 1 was backpacking in to Calamity Lean-to No. 1 from the Upper Works trailhead and spending the night. Day 2 was summiting Redfield and Cliff via Uphill Brook and then returning all the way to Upper Works.

Given more time, it would have been nice to be able to spend another night on the trail and do another day of climbing before hitting the road. There are many Adirondack High Peaks accessible from the Lake Colden area.