Ascent of Beech Mountain on 2020-03-09

Climber: Keith Longface

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Monday, March 9, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Beech Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3118 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

Parked at the parking area just before the the very well-marked PRIVATE PROPERTY NO TRESPASSING area on Beech Mtn Rd. (note to all : as of March 2020, there is no ATT cell coverage around the parking area so if using cell service for maps, preload them) There's a short section of trail (the Flynn trail) to circumvent this area. I followed Flynn trail to the old Beech Mtn Rd. About halfway up I started seeing snow pathces then copmlete snow cover. It is a steady but extremely gradual incline for about 1.7 miles up to the first intersection, which is a 4-way intersection. At this point the snow was about 6, and in some places 8 inches deep. I took the right (red snomobile trail) a short distance until it started to turn away from where I wanted to go, then bushwhacked up the hill using compass and gps. (Not hard to do, just keep climbing up) At the point where I left the red snowmobile trail, the snow was 8 inches and crusty enough for me to stay on top. The sun was out and it was warming up, I was trying to get up and back before the snow warmed too much and I would sink all the way through. If I walked too fast/hard I would was a delicate balance of going as fast as I could without sinking. The steep uphill had no snow due to facing directly into the sun so that made the climb much easier. I had on sturdy trail runners and used poles, but never put on any traction and didn't bother to bring snowshoes. I self evaluated the conditions constantly and would have turned around if needed. There was cell service up on the trail, just not down by the parking area. I found the peak, just keep going up until there is no more up. I walked around on top to what looked like the peak to me and GPS marked it. Followed my tracks down and did some trail running along the way.

These numbers are after cleaning up gpx using Caltopo and GPS Track Editor on PC :
2152 ft to 3310 ft, 4.54 miles total, 989 ft elevation gain using DEM altitude
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:989 ft / 301 m
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Clear
Cool, sunny day
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:989 ft / 301 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.3 km
    Start Trailhead:2129 ft / 648 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

 GPS Waypoints - Hover or click to see name and lat/long
Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Keith Longface
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