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