Ascent of Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak on 2011-01-28

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, January 28, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3520 ft / 1072 m

Ascent Trip Report

A loop snowshoe jog/hike around Bearpen's massif utilizing snowmobile trails to within a quarter mile of Bearpen's true summit followed by 120 yards of bushwack to Bearpen-Northwest with a detour breaking trail via half-mile of road in sometimes knee deep snow to Roundtop Mountain. Ski Run Road has since changed from Daniel Case's Report. The bottom of the hill has become Don Irwin Rd .51 miles from the top of hill were new road & parking exits straight down along ridgeline from large four way road junction below Roundtop Mtn. Heisinger Rd is .10 miles from Rt2 & Don Irwin Jct at hill's bottom. A short walk along Heisinger Rd leads to a pair of gated roads, the right is private, the left Percy Rd leads up south along Bearpen's east flank to a rigde trail jct. The area between these two THs is private in-holdings inside Bearpen State Forest. I met no snowmobilers on this Friday only their beaten paths, except for two DEC rangers resting their machines west of Bearpen summit who provided the knowledge (as well as naming Percy Rd) that Ski Run Road now exits to Greene Cty Rte 2 at top of hill, helping to lead me on my unplanned loop. I managed an extra .61 miles waffling in trail alongside Northwest Bearpen, true is closer to nine miles.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:1966 ft / 599 m
    Elevation Loss:1966 ft / 599 m
    Distance:9.6 mi / 15.5 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles, Snowshoes
    Weather:Snowing, Cold, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:1726 ft / 526 m
    Distance:5 mi / 8.1 km
    Route:Snowmobile Trails Percy , 72S Corridor & short bus
    Trailhead:Jct Don Irwin & Heisinger Roads  1794 ft / 546 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:1966 ft / 599 m
    Extra Gain:240 ft / 73 m
    Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:Snowmobile Trail 72S Corridor & short road walk
    Trailhead:Jct Don Irwin & Heisinger Roads  1794 ft / 546 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 23 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Roundtop Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Bearpen Mountain-Northwest Peak2011-01-28

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