Ascent of Averill Peak on 2020-11-14
|Date:||Saturday, November 14, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||3803 ft / 1159 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThis is certainly not a wilderness hike. There’s a chain link fenced gate for an access road to a large water tank. There was a guy in a water department truck closing the gate when I arrived. Since there’s a big No Trespassing sign I asked him if it was o.k. to hike Averill Peak. He didn’t seem to have a problem with it and told me to keep an eye open for moose.
Right away I got turned around headed the wrong direction because I hopped on the first ATV trail I saw headed up the hill. That was wrong I realized after about 5 minutes, then I did the same thing again one more time. I didn’t realize that you stay on the well graded dirt road all the way to the water tank where it turns into a rough Jeep trail and heads almost straight up the mountain.
The entire ascent to the radio tower is on this rocky and wet Jeep trail that gets a little steep in places. It was just about freezing temperatures, so most mud was slightly frozen. Near the top I did see fresh moose tracks. It only took about an hour and 20 minutes walking to arrive at the buildings and the tower. I remembered reading trip reports about a cairn and markings for a herd path. I saw neither of these but it’s pretty easy to figure out where to go from the end of the cable that anchors the tower, that’s upwards and to the left. Every now and then I found remnants of a herd path and/or orange survey tape. There’s lots of blowdown and the trees in places are very tight. Since they were covered with frost and snow I got very wet.
Nice views looking off the back side from a small opening in the trees.
On the bushwhack descent I took a less wooded route and ended up going more to the West of my ascent, realizing that I was not exactly headed for the tower I traversed right a bit and came out of the woods right where the second cable holding the tower connects to the ground. The bushwhack only took 20 minutes each way. The descent from the tower went quickly. All told, the entire trip up and down was about 3 hours 10 minutes hiking time. I only stopped to take a few photos, never got into my pack for food or water.
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