Ascent of Cork (Scenic) Mountain on 2012-06-28

Climber: Kurt Phaneuf

Date:Thursday, June 28, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cork (Scenic) Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:692 m / 2271 ft

Ascent Trip Report

After an overcrowded jaunt up nearby Bald (Rondaxe) Mountain, I decided to seek out the solitude of Cork (Scenic) Mountain, a largely-arboreal summit with so much nice terrain along the way as to make it a great addition to any day's hiking in the Old Forge area. The trail begins immediately across the road from the Rondaxe parking lot; early stages of the trail feature very modest elevation gain though conditions were wet/muddy for most of the walking prior to the intersection with the TOBIE Trail. To this point in the trail, the most interesting aspects of the hike were intimate looks at Fly Pond and Cary Lake and the fine profile of Cork itself across the water. A small trail crew was out clearing blowdown; by the time I returned, fallen trees and brush that had been blocking the trail were all removed.

Beyond this point, the 1/2 mile to the summit is much steeper (about 530 feet) and despite the well-marked trail, appears little used. There are plenty of switchbacks leading the way to the wooded summit; though a few views are available at the "summit lookout," they're quickly being compromised by a healthy growth of conifers. Mountain Pond itself isn't even visible despite it's proximity. Nonetheless, Cork offered as much solitude as one could want after Rondaxe. Given the relative ease of this hike, it's a wonder why it's not more popular!

Summary Total Data
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Hot, Breezy, Clear
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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