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East Sleeper 07/17/15:
I took the Downes Brook Trail off of the Kancamangus highway. This route was was 1.4 miles longer than taking the Blueberry Ledge approach which I took when I did Whiteface Mt (twice), but had almost 1200 less feet of elevation gain, so the book times are about equal. It is also a longer drive, but I like driving on the Kanc. Total elevation gain is about 2800’ and distance is about 12.2 miles. This approach is different than most of my peak hikes in that it is a fairly uniform grade all the way to the top.
At this final crossing it was difficult to tell if the trail crossed the stream or continued to the right under the blow-downs. It did cross the stream. [picture actually taken on the way down]
On the way back down. That's Whiteface in the background.