Ascent of Peak 2521 on 2010-06-07

Climber: Alan Bangel

Others in Party:alone
Date:Monday, June 7, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Peak 2521
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2521 ft / 768 m

Ascent Trip Report

Hello all,

After a very rainy weekend, I finally came up with a new plan so I could get my butt into the forest.
This past winter I had looked at a series of hikes North of Roscoe and South of the Pepacton Res. all in the range of about 10 miles. The distance from home was an hour closer with less country roads to travel, so I felt I would have less travel time and additional time in the woods. There are few loops; so, as not to be bored, I tried to plan trips that would keep me on trails for half the journey and return to the car via road walks (which I do every day, anyway).
This first trip turned out especially well. I was packed for a hike this weekend but the weather didn't cooperate.

On Monday I dropped the boys off at pre-school, unfortunately had to return home to pick up my maps which I forgot; but, at 9:40 I left Owego, with my bagel, for a much needed moment in the woods. After 1 hour 49 minutes and 93.8 miles I arrived at the parking lot and trailhead at 11:30AM. (Cherry Ridge - Campbell Mountain Wild Forest, Russell Brook Parking Area)
My starting elevation was 1794 and at 11:54 I left the car following the closed Russell Brook Road, South. This was a herd path and my intent was to pick up the end of the Mud Pond Trail
which ended on Russell Brook Road about 1.4 miles South of the parking area. I had to do a Stream Crossing, just before locating the trail (the reason the old road can no longer be used)
but this was a good example of how nature re-claims, over time, what we have taken. (You could barely tell a road ever existed here.)(1510 elevation, 12:35 time)
The marked trail now headed North and after a climb, and 1.3 miles I reached Mud pond. Yes, I took pictures and hopefully tonight I will find out if there are positive results. Mud Pond - great looking area to camp (elevation 2166 and the time in now 1:28) By the way I was not pushing to get this hike done early I was taking my time to enjoy, with thoughts that because of the late start I might not get home until 10 or 11 o'clock. After a brief break, pictures and drink and snack, I picked up the trail North to Trout Pond a distance of 1.8 miles. The trail brought me close to Cherry Ridge which tops out at 2628 but I did not plan on bushwhacking to the summit and the trail elevation reached 2540 before starting the decent. Trout pond was another beautiful area with two well kept lean-tos, a designated camping area like at Mud Pond, and pit privies. I took a break, signed in at both Lean-to registers and read what others had written (elevation at Trout Pond 2142, arriving at 2:51) and then picked up the trail to Campbell Brook Road 2.1 miles North. The trail from Trout Pond was a steady up hill reaching close to a lesser summit at 2521 ft. I took the opportunity this time to do the short bushwhack to the summit before decending to the road. The road elevation was at 2220 ft. and I reached it at 4:26 PM.

Side note: since I am not doing summits I am keeping track of general elevation gained during each hike. In this case from the trail start to Trout Pond the gain was 1030 ft. and then from the Pond to the road an additional 379 ft. (total 1409 ft.)

From Campbell Brook Road I went to Morton Hill Road and noticed on the map that there was another pond area (no name) off to my left. I followed the drainage at the Southern end of the pond into the woods and came across a series of three beaver dams. I surprised two young deer who were feeding, they looked up and stared at me, there were an abundance of newts, frogs, and small fish in the back-waters behind the beaver dams. But, I did not take the time to hike far enough back to see the largest body of water, I did take a picture of the bog from a distance. (I need to start carrying fishing equipment). The road walk clocked in at 3.7 miles. giving me a total for the day of 10.3 miles. (6.6 in the woods and 3.7 on the road.)

I was back at the car at 6:07, meaning that the road walk and exploration took 1 hour and 41 minutes. Not to bad.

I re-traced my road walk with the car, checking milage, and also found a parking area, should I return to the same area on Campbell Hill Road, to continue my hike. Then I headed for home, stopping in Hancock for a sub sandwich. I reached home at 8:40 just in time to start putting the boys to bed. (there fair weather bed time has now changed to 9:00 and we tried to keep it at 8:00 during the winter.)

So that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Remember this is suppose to be motivational so some of you might actually join me in the future.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1409 ft / 430 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Stream Ford
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Beautiful day/billowy clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1409 ft / 430 m
    Distance:10.3 mi / 16.6 km
    Trailhead:1112 ft / 338 m
Descent Statistics

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