Ascent of Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak on 2012-05-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m

Ascent Trip Report

A climb on Ski Run Road with a short bushwack ...... 6.2 miles, 3h35 hours RT including route finding/breaks.

My original plan was to approach this one from the south, revisiting Bear Pen on the way. I wasn't aware that his area was devastated by the floods of August 2011, especially in the Prattsville area.

Yesterday after climbing Huntersfield I first drove to the south side of Bear Pen, Hwy 28 in the Fleischmanns area. I drove north up a number of roads only to be turned back each time, bridges are still out, so I decided to check out the 2 north side approaches, finally deciding on Ski Run Road. I overnighted at the TH.

Directions to the TH ....From Junction of Hwy23/CR2 on the west side of the bridge in Prattsville, I drove south on CR2 for 2.58 miles to a right turn on Ski Run Road. Contrary to other reports the road is not signed. This road is in an open area .15 miles after Peckman Road, just over the crest-of-CR2, a large tree on the corner with small sign "NY Water Supply Land".

I walked the Ski Run Road generally west to the ridge at about 2 miles, then another 1 mile south along the ridge to a point south of the HP, where I turned left (northeast) for a short 200 yards bushwack to the summit. Very easy/ moderate climb, the road was wet in a number of areas due to the rains of the last few days.

I would find out, depending on one's risk level, that the road to the ridge can be driven with a passenger car (my dodge caravan has taken me up worse roads), the rest requires a high clearance vehicle.

The road arrives at the ridge at a large grass clearing, and continues to the left (south side of the clearing), large yellow arrows point the way, ignore the lesser grass track to the southwest.
The road stays/climbs on the ridge for a good distance before it leaves the ridge to the right staying somewhat horizontal on the western slopes of the summit ridge.
The ridge road had a number of flooded areas which needed to be circumvented, at a long fairly flat section after the road left the ridge I arrived at the Delaware/Green County Line, the road here was completely flooded over for 30-40 yards ..... look for "State Land" signs, orange flag tape and yellow paint marks on trees. My GPS at the County Line read 42.27258,-74.48483.

I bushwacked/followed the forementioned blazes (County Line) 200 yards (at about 40 degree Compass line) right to the summit area, which at this point is fairly flat for about 100 yards (north-south). I walked the length of this flat area, finally choosing my HP at north end of the flat area, 40 yards north of the County Line. My GPS read exactly as PB 42.27374,-74.48423.

Only 1 NY CoHP to go (Sullivan County).


Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1520 ft / 463 m
    Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Route:ski run road wb-sb/bushwack from CR2
    Trailhead:ski run road/CR2  2000 ft / 609 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time Up:1 Hours 45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time Down:1 Hours 10 Minutes

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