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Ascent of Cayuga County High Point on 2019-04-22

Climber: Josh Schmid

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, April 22, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cayuga County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1860 ft / 566 m

Ascent Trip Report

I did this one on my way home after visiting family for Easter. Looking at where paved roads were and the various trailhead elevations, I decided to start from the northern access point, a parking lot at the eastern end of Curtin Road, about 1.5 miles from NY 48A. This allowed me to avoid minimum-maintenance forest roads and minimize road walks. Only the last half-mile (if that) is unpaved and the dirt road is generally in good shape. Being as the "seasonal road" warning isn't until just past the parking lot, I think this approach may be plowed.

Heading to the high point, I proceeded south on Bear Swamp Road. half a mile from the Curtin Road intersection is a clearing on the left (east) side of the road with a fire pit - this is where the Blue 1 trail begins. I followed the sporadically-marked B1 trail to the B2 trail, which I turned onto. Following the Blue 2 trail through open woods, the woods get much denser a short distance before the high point. I may have been using trails, but they were often very muddy and sometimes submerged under deep water. Thankfully, there were well-worn tracks where the trail went, so the infrequent markers aren't a big issue.

From what I can tell in person and per the Peakbagger app, the high ground is a few dozen feet east of the junction between the Blue 2 and Yellow 6 trails. After touching what appeared to be all of the candidate spots, I continued down the Blue 2 trail to the Yellow 4 trail, which later became the Blue 3 trail before ending at Bear Swamp Road. From here, it was a relatively-flat walk up Bear Swamp Road of roughly a mile back to my car.

While most other people went in from the south, approaching this HP from the north is a good option if you prefer to minimize travel on unmaintained forest roads. The trails, unfortunately, are unmaintained as well, and I would not enter the woods here without a map, available at the Bear Swamp State Forest website.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:249 ft / 75 m
    Total Elevation Loss:249 ft / 75 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:249 ft / 75 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Blue 1 and 2
    Start Trailhead:Curtin Road at Bear Swamp Road  1611 ft / 491 m
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:249 ft / 75 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Yellow 4, Blue 3
    End Trailhead:Curtin Road at Bear Swamp Road  1611 ft / 491 m
    Time:40 Minutes



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