Ascent of Bailey Benchmark on 2016-05-23

Climber: Todd Jennings

Date:Monday, May 23, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bailey Benchmark
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:980 ft / 298 m

Ascent Trip Report

I began by driving approximately 40 miles from my home in Monroe NY. Bailey Benchmark resides with Sal J. Prezioso Mountain Lakes Park, the northernmost county park in Westchester County.

The park is accessible off of County Route 121. From there, take Hawley Rd approx. 1.3 miles to the entrance to Mountain Lakes Park. I drove in an additional 0.7 miles to a gate tagged with a sign that said "no unauthorized vehicles beyond this point". Since there was a small parking area just before this gate, this was going to be my parking spot for the afternoon.

After parking, I proceeded through the gate on the road, which was paved for about 100 meters, but then became dirt and gravel road. I proceeded about 0.8 miles, following orange blazes, and came to a three-way intersection. At this intersection was a small info box which had maps in it. Upon pulling one out, I looked at my location and realized I was only a couple of hundred meters from Bailey Mountain's peak. I proceeded to the right, following blue blazes for about 100 meters. At that point, I took the green-blazed single track trail on the left up the mountain another 100 meters or so, and reached the high ground.

There is no viewpoint here, and no special marker or any other indication that you've summitted. I followed the green trail through to Roaring Brook Rd, turned left, and went 150 meters or so back to the three-way intersection with Mountain Lakes Camp and Pink Lake Roads. Turned right from here and followed the orange markers back to the car.

The entire hike was 2.1 miles, and took approximately 30 minutes.

Max Elevation: 982'
Min Elevation: 733'
Total gain: 364'

Summary Total Data
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail

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