Ascent of Mont Brock - South Slope on 2010-11-10

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Supported by Rose
Date:Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mont Brock - South Slope
    Location:Canada/United States
    Elevation:2024 ft / 616 m

Ascent Trip Report

Woods road/bushwack from the southwest side starting at Bell road ..... 3 miles. 2 hour RT.

We approached from the west side, East Richford on hwy #105A just south of the USA/Canada border. We traveled east on East Richford Slide road, past cemetery at the Boundary Line, for 2.1 miles to Bell road on the left. We drove .3 miles to the end of Bell road at a large house with a garage, a few hundred feet before the house a 4x4 woods road is on the right, park here this is the TH.
We chatted with the owner with his friendly black dog, he built here 10 years ago on this 200 acres property. On the property he has erected an old granite Boundary Monument which he got when they renewed a near-by monument (the old monuments are apparently buried), sort of neat since his property borders the Boundary Line.

I walked up the woods road as it climbs/winds east/north about .8 miles to a cabin on the right, straight ahead a little-used track continues north .4 miles to the USA/Canada Boundary swath, monument 593B can be seen less than 100 yards to the west .... Note: the track continues north then east into Canada and leads to the Hunter's Tower noted below).
I turned right and followed the swath eastbound inside the Vermont open woods as the swath is full of recent cuttings. The bushwack is fairly steep with poor footing to monument 593A at 300 yards ( where a Hunter's Tower is on the Canadian side of the swath), I continued another 200 yards on flat/ very-rough terrain to MONT BROCK - SOUTH SLOPE .... which is the highpoint of the USA/Can Boundary Line right at Boundary Monument 593, a fairly new granite monument, my GPS read 45.00785, 72.53085.
The distance from the TH is estimated at 1.5 miles. This distance can be reduced by starting the bushwack just after the cabin and following a northeast line to the monument.
Great views of the swath in both directions, to the east you can see the swath going over the north slope of Carlton Mountain .... this is the location of Monument 592 and the northern terminus of Vermont's Long Trail.

My original plan was to bushwack over to MONT BROCK. I started due north and in no time the terrain was much too rough (rock ledges, evergreens and depressions), I looked elsewhere and found more of the same so I turned around, as it would take much longer than what I had told Rose (who was waiting for me at the TH).
**** I would make another failed attempt on 2012-11-07 before succeeding on 2013-04-25, see its TR.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:843 ft / 256 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:woods road/bushwack from the southwest side.
    Trailhead:bell road, east richford  1181 ft / 359 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack

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