Ascent of Oswego County High Point on 2011-11-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, November 5, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Oswego County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1730 ft / 527 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy/short dirt road and bushwack in open deciduous woods...... 2 mile, 1h20 hours RT.

We left home for a weekend trip to upper NY, the goal being three NY CoHPS ..... we would only get one.
I used the route in Michael Schwartz's 2002 excellent TR which is still valid today after 9 years. One must read Michael's TR together with this TR to get all of the details ..... my purpose here is to update a few details and to provide more information on the bushwack part of the hike.

If you are driving on Hwy #177 from the west like we did, Liberty Road is 15.4 miles east of Interstate 81, exit 42 (south of Watertown), immediately after the bridge over Deer River. Also today Salmon Road (in Lewis County) is a good gravel road all the way to the Lewis/Oswego County Line, easily accessible by a passenger car. We attempted this road last year just after they laid down a layer of gravel, it was heavily rutted and impassible by passenger car ..... the underside of our van got so full of gravel that when we got home we had to bring it to a garage and hoist it in the air in order to remove the gravel.

As you get to the Lewis/Oswego County Line, you arrive at a large yellow locked gate, full of no entry signs, the County Line is blazed red and posted. Just before the County Line to the left is a small parking and the Dirt Road "blocked with a cable" that Michael refers-to. This is the TH, the summit is generally to the south at about a mile.

I walked south on the Dirt Road (driveable, you are in Lewis County) for about .6 miles (15 minutes) to the major left bend, just past the "Children at Play" sign where I started my bushwack on a 210 degree Magnetic Compass Line. The summit ridge is visible through the trees.
I entered/passed the red blazed County Line 20 yards inside the woods, continued in open deciduous woods going around some very minor blowdown, arriving at a low/wet area with a small pond .... the pond has a mud/wooden-branches Dam on the right side.
I found my way around some wet areas to get to the Dam, then I walked the top of the Dam (15 yards) to the other side, over a small bump with some evergreens, across a wet boggy area to the start of the climb to the summit ridge. I estimate this whole wet/Dam/boggy area at about 150 yards. The rest of the route is easy/open deciduous woods.

Once across the boggy area I climbed/favored right, in nice deciduous woods, to get on the ridge then followed the ridge (southeast) to the highground. I chose my spot at 3 trees, my GPS reading 43.64248,-75.77216 ..... by chance exactly as per the PB coordinates. The bushwack part, less than half a mile, took me 20 minutes. I continued southeast on the ridge for perhaps 5 minutes looking for the red blazed County Line with no luck, perhaps I didn't go far enough. I returned the same way.

My plan today was to also take in Jefferson County however the dirt road off of Culpepper Road (signed Plun Tree road) is not driveable by passenger car, I had to back-up at 75 yards. With the unknowns down this road because of the hunting season and the short days I decided to leave it for another day. We drove to Watertown and found a Hotel for the night, tomorrow we will go to the Saint Lawrence County HP.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:110 ft / 33 m
    Total Elevation Loss:110 ft / 33 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:80 ft / 24 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 50 ft / 15 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:dirt road/bushwack sb from s end of salmon rd
    Start Trailhead:sounth end of salmon road at county line.  1680 ft / 512 m
    Time:35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:80 ft / 24 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 50 ft / 15 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:bushwack/dirt road back to salmon road
    End Trailhead:sounth end of salmon road at county line.  1680 ft / 512 m
    Time:30 Minutes

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