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Ascent of Bailey Benchmark on 2011-10-03

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, October 3, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bailey Benchmark
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:980 ft / 298 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy trail hike ...... 1.6 miles, 50 minutes RT.

We approached from the south after visiting Harbor Hill in Nassau County. We drove north on I684 to exit 6A, drove east on #138 for 3.4 miles to a left on #121, 1.93 miles to a right on Hawley Road, 1.5 miles (sharp left at 1.18 miles) to the main entrance of Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes State Park.
We first went to the Office for a trail map, then drove the paved park road .6 miles to the DMP parking on the right, the road (orange blazed trail) continues but was gated on this day). This was my TH, right across the road is the start of the blue trail.

I hiked the blue trail and a short spur trail to the summit (.8 miles) and descended on the orange trail (the park road). The beautiful deciduous forest is open with no undergrowth, the summit is a small open rocky area, the Witness Post Survey Marker was on the ground, I replanted it. I chose my spot at 41.31223,-73.55133, the PB coordinates puts it in a lower elevation.

"WHEN YOU GET TO THE END OF THE ROPE, TIE A KNOT ..... AND HANG ON."
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:330 ft / 100 m
    Total Elevation Loss:330 ft / 100 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.6 mi / 2.6 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:330 ft / 100 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 280 ft / 85 m; Extra: 50 ft / 15m
    Loss on way in:50 ft / 15 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:blue trail from park road dmp parking
    Start Trailhead:DMP parking on Mountain Lakes Park Road  700 ft / 213 m
    Time:23 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:280 ft / 85 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.3 km
    Route:orange trail to park road dmp parking
    End Trailhead:DMP parking on Mountain Lakes Park Road  700 ft / 213 m
    Time:18 Minutes



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