Ascent of Wyoming County High Point on 2010-04-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, April 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Wyoming County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2116 ft / 644 m

Ascent Trip Report

Wind Turbines in all directions ...... overall about 1 mile and 45 minutes. The Highpoint is located at the center/bottom end of the County.

From the Erie County Highpoint we found our way to Hwy #39 and travelled east thru the village of Arcade to a right turn on Cadwell Road (at old garage) in the village of Eagle. We drove south a short distance to a left turn on Robinson Road, which goes around a pond and winds/climbs to a ridge, ending at Wing Road. Turn left on Wing Road and travel east on the ridge. Here you are surrounded by Wind Turbines in all directions, to me a real eye sore.
Look for the Sheila Vassar's house #3098 on the right. The large house number is on the front lawn and not on the mailboxes to the left. The garage is clearly visible from the Road but the house itself is somewhat hidden in the trees. The Highpoint is on the ridge (south) behind behind the house among the Wind Turbines, accessed from the gated service road (for the Turbines) 50 yards past the Vassar driveway. It is signed "3106 Bliss & Road 6".
The tall woman opened the door and a small dog ran out as I approached the house.
"You sure can", came the reply from Sheila, the owner of the property, "Stop in on the way out, I'd like you to sign my book."
She gave me the hiking directions.

We parked our car in front of the gated Service Road and walked south up the gravel Road to a right turn (the first Wind Turbine is on the left of this corner) followed by an immediate left turn (south again), at a red gate and a path from the right which leads back down to the Vassar house. At 200 yards is a second Turbine on the right ..... the Highpoint is few hundred feet to the right (west, just before the Turbine) in the large recently plowed-plateau at goggle maps 2110 foot contour line (ready to be seeded), difficult to identify the exact spot. Wind Turbines in all directions.

I learned a number of things about Turbines in talking to Sheila. They are 400 feet to the top of the blades, have a winding stairway inside the columns and pay the owners a yearly royalty of about 4-5k$ for each Turbine. She is happy with this windfall and wished for few more on her property (she only has one).
It was a difficult decision for her to permit the Turbine on her property, well aware of the negative impact to the environment (besides the Turbines, roads and transmission lines had to be also installed throughout the area). The decision was made easier by the fact that all neighbors had given their permission, for her to refuse would been on principle only.
I personally fully understand the owners decisions, its impossible to turn down such a windfall, however the Wind Turbines are still an eye sore and in my opinion shouldn't be installed (unless they are hidden). When will it be enough ..... can you imagine an environment where all you see are Turbines !!!!

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:116 ft / 35 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:from wing road hike south on road to open field
    Trailhead:2000 ft / 609 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country

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