Ascent of Preston Hill on 2010-08-18

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Preston Hill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1442 ft / 439 m

Ascent Trip Report

Preston Hill is noteworthy mainly as a challenger to North Preston in CT for prominence, as both peaks top out with small 1450 foot closed contours. If one is doing North Preston Hill, the (probable) bushwhack south to Preston looks feasible, without a lot of elevation change.

For Preston alone, I used the approach road described on the USGS data sheet for Preston benchmark. This is about one mile west of the junction of Bulls Bridge/Dogtail Corners Road and Schaghticoke Road, which is just west of the covered bridge near US-7. Take the the paved and signed S.E. Mountain Road, shown on the topo just left of the "D" in "Dogtail Corners." Go north 1/4 mile to a fork, bear left, continue another 1/4 mile to pavement's end at a private home that used to be a telephone company building, then continue another 2.2 miles to a sharp left bend in the main road and a gated dirt road angling off to the right. There are several pullouts south of the bend. Most of this area is posted to a group of three landowners or a hunting preserve. With permission, hike the dirt road downhill to a creek, then uphill to a fork left onto a lesser road. The route taken swung well north before circling back toward Preston Hill, and it may be that main road would aim more directly toward the summit. Once on the left fork, if heads north for a while before reaching three forks in rapid succession. Keep right at all three, and follow the road to a point at a large clearing only 400 feet north of the summit. Easy bushwhack to the summit, marked by BM Preston and a large cairn.
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