Ascent of Bradford Mountain on 2020-02-09

Climber: Dan Lewis

Others in Party:Karl Lewis
Date:Sunday, February 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bradford Mountain
    Elevation:1961 ft / 597 m

Ascent Trip Report

In researching this mountain prior to our hike, we found a trip report of Bradford on another hiking website by a fellow hiker from 2017. The hiker described the summit cone as being covered in mountain laurel thickets, the worst he had ever seen (7 feet high in places). We had encountered horrendous mountain laurel on Gridley Mountain in Salisbury, CT last year, and were approaching Bradford with some trepidation, not knowing what we might find.

We started from the trailhead at Beckley Furnace on Lower Rd., and followed the Iron Trail for 1.4 miles. Around this point, the Iron Trail bears right (south) and follows the side of a small ravine, then bears left (east) at the back of the ravine. We started our bushwhack just before the`left/east turn, and climbed the remaining 1/2 mile up the northeastern slope of Bradford. We donned our micro-spikes midway up the summit cone, and they remained on our feet for the rest of the hike. To our surprise, the laurel thickets weren't anywhere near as bad as we thought. The laurel didn't figure prominently until the last 50 feet of the summit cone, at least from our direction of travel. As we neared the top, we moved counterclockwise through the laurel, and soon found the summit 'tombstone' and iron bar at the edge of a clearing.

NOTE: The laurel can be avoided entirely by bearing left and following the clearing adjacent to the summit in a clockwise direction when approaching from the NW).

We lingered a moment to snap some pictures then descended the way we came. Light snow fell for the duration of the hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1179 ft / 359 m
    Route:Iron Trail, bushwhack
    Trailhead:Beckley Furnace/Iron Trail  782 ft / 238 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Overcast
Temps in the mid to upper 20s, light snow.
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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