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Ascent of Frost Hill on 2010-11-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, November 27, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Frost Hill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2280 ft / 694 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy bushwack in ideal conditions, open private woods at the southwest end of the County ..... 1 mile, 45 minutes RT.

My source of information for this hike was PB'S data sheet printout with the coordinates and Michael Schwartz's excellent TR of 2002. I approached with Michael's driving directions and for convenience sake I repeat them here below, and for the hiking route I used Michael's recommended route in the last paragraph of his report where he writes: "Were I to do this hike again, I would simply continue straight ....... Frost Hill Road ....... sharp bend ........ hiking is not a problem."

From the junction of NY 21 & CR 36 at the Kwik Fill Station in the village of Naples, go west on 36 for 1.2 miles to a right turn on Gullick Road. Travel north on Gullick 6.9 miles to a right turn on Frost Hill Road, a rough/dirt road.
We went to the first and only house on the left (at the start of Frost Hill Road) for permission only to find no one home. We decided to proceed since Michael reported that "this is a public road, hiking is not a problem with the owners"
We drove east up the narrow Frost Hill Road 400 yards to a sharp bend left, following recent tire tracks (we had about 1" of snow last night). There was no place to park so we continued left 250 yards and found a small flat area on the left, with a parked truck which we guessed it belonging to a hunter. This was our TH, Rose would wait here while I went up to the summit ..... generally east at about half a mile with 330' ascent.

I purposely aimed for the ridge just north of the summit, so I bushwacked/climbed/followed a 110 degree Magnetic Compass line, in very open woods with an easy grade and good footing. I crossed deer and hunters tracks in the fresh snow and heard 3 gunshots, warning me to stay alert "this is hunting season" ...... I wondered if he felled his deer.
I easily reached the ridge at a posted line of trees, as Michael writes "....... reached the posted south end of Ms Kuehne's property .....". From here I turned right (south) and followed (always looking for the high ground) a grass track about 100 yards to the summit area, the somewhat obvious high ground is to your left ..... there is a 4' high "Witness Post Survey Marker" laying against a tree at the highpoint, and 2 short (12") 4" pipes and a short steel rod in the ground, the snow cover hiding any other ground markers, the GPS for my chosen spot read 42.71116, 77.44284 (very close to PB). I added orange flag tape to the trees.

A light snow cover makes for ideal-conditions for off-trail hiking ..... the descent is a mindless, enjoyable, sightseeing walk. I just loved today's easy climb, I hit the ridge exactly as planned and easily found the highpoint. This "Michael-recommended" route is the way to go.

I could see Rose talking to a man as I neared the TH and in no time saw a deer on the ground.
As I hit the parking I said to the Hunter "Congratulations, I see that you got your deer, when I heard the 3 shots right after crossing deer and human tracks in the snow and I wondered if you felled your target, great job."
"Well thanks, I was sure that the first volley hit him but he kept going so I sent 2 more." He proudly replied.
He had gutted it on site and physically dragged it out of the woods perhaps 500 yards, he estimated it at 120# so for sure this was hard work, luckily it was all downhill with a cover of snow.

We introduced ourselves/chatted for a good while.
Gregory Shaffer, a real nice young man and a police investigator for the County Sheriff's Office, is friends of and has the owners' permission to hunt these private woods. Frost Hill Road is no longer a public road, it is now a private road due to some maintenance issues. Heidi, the owner of the property that we were on, lives in Pittsburg and comes here only on occasion. The owners are aware of this being the County Highpoint and have no problem with Highpointers. I am suggesting here that we should try and get permission.
I told Gregory about Peakbagger and the whole subject of County Highpointing, all new to him. He said that he knew that this was Ontario's Highpoint and has been on the ridge and walks these woods all he time but has never gone to the actual highpoint. He asked me for its location which of course I provided. I took a photo of Gregory with his deer.
I asked him to tell Heidi and the other owners of my visit next time he sees them, he loaded his deer and left the parking before us.

"YOU HAVE TO BE OUT THERE TO EXPERIENCE NATURES GIFTS."

Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:330 ft / 100 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:bushwack from the west side frost hill road
    Trailhead:gullick road/frost hill road  1950 ft / 594 m
    Route Conditions:
Bushwhack, Snow on Ground



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