Ascent of Mount Sherrill on 2020-07-05

Climber: Ed Kobos

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, July 5, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Sherrill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3540 ft / 1078 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a HARD Hike/Climb, from the SW.
I started at the DEC Parking Lot on Shaft Rd., just off of Rt 42, ~3.25 miles south of Spruceton Rd.
I parked in the lot and followed the dirt road toward the "Off Limits" water supply land. I jumped into the woods, to the NE and then followed the utility poles, until I saw remnants of a rock wall. I headed toward it, then took a bearing toward Sherrill. The Bee Line distance was 1.76 miles. I heading NE for a while and hit an 'old' farm road. I followed it "UP", until I lost contact with it, due to the overgrown patches of 'stinging' nettles, raspberry bushes and other ground vegetation. I used my GPS & Compass to continue toward the summit of Sherrill. There were many cliffs and steep sections that followed the reentrant, UP. I tried to 'go around' all the prickly things, which added to the distance and time to summit. I don't advise taking this route, in the summer. After a while (actually ~ 1.5 Hrs) I hit the ridge. I took another bearing and headed toward Sherrill. Wow, there were a lot of HERD paths that littered the summit. The canister was hard to find, but finally its orange body caught my eye. I signed in and took a few pictures of the dense forest. There were MO views, other than trees! My legs were all scratched up and there were so many flies. All kinds. Small Black Flies, some green looking ones (maybe bees) a few deer flies and one pesky horse fly (which finally met his demise. (NO, I couldn't find my insect repellant. When I got back to the car, it must have fallen out when I packed my lunch) The flies were swarming all around my bloody legs AND were so dense that I didn't eat my lunch. I did take out my hand sanitizer and clean my legs. STING!
After a brief rest at the summit rocks, I headed for North Dome. There were a few herd paths. The 1st one I took, went NO WHERE. Probably looking for a view. Backtracked to the summit and took another path. This one was promising as it headed in the correct direction ... Continued on to North Dome ...
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1959 ft / 597 m
    Grade/Class:Class IV
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Clear
Cool to start, to Upper 70s
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1959 ft / 597 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:Bushwhacked all the way!
    Start Trailhead:DEC Lot on Shaft Rd  1581 ft / 481 m
    Time:3 Hours 28 Minutes
Descent Statistics

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