Ascent of Knox Mountain on 2019-01-18

Climber: Dharma Bum

Date:Friday, January 18, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Knox Mountain
    Elevation:3086 ft / 940 m

Ascent Trip Report

A winter adventure from Smith Road in Orange. The gated road has become one of my favorite launching sites for explorations on the west side of the Groton State Forest area. Previously I've used this as an access for St. Cyr Mountain and West Knox. I was pleased to see that the Town Road Crew had plowed a small pull off here. Parking is often an issue in winter or at least a worry for me. AFter hiking past the steel gate abbout 1/4 mile I turned right or east at the VAST Trail Junction - not sure what VAST Route this is but that is indicate din my hike for West Knox. My goal was to skirt the north slop of West Knox and gradually climb higher on the hike to Knox. For me this was helpful because I was breaking trail and bushwhacking. That's pretty much how it worked out. Nevertheless the final half mile up Knox was steep and slow compounded by a broken tooth on my snowshoes which led to some slipping. Nevertheless I reached the ridge and found a somewhat packed snowshoe trail which was much appreciated. The summit area of Knox is somewhat spooky partially open with some craggy trees and shrubs. I recollect there is a decent view but not on this day. The register was frozen up with rust or ice. Lots of fun gliding down the hill on my shoes and half the time!
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