Ascent of Schenectady County High Point on 2010-11-25

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:Rose
Date:Thursday, November 25, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Schenectady County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1456 ft / 443 m

Ascent Trip Report

A very short xcountry/bushwack in open woods at the west end of the County ..... .3 miles, 20 minute RT.

I was really pissed this morning when I found out that I forgot my main source of information for the different hikes, Gary Fallesen's guide book. Luckily I had other information. For this first hike I had on hand Clifford Young's TR of 2006 and the PB coordinates.
From the town of Schenectady we traveled west on hwy#7 to Duanesburg, at the junction of #7/20 we turned right on 20 and drove west 2.4 miles to a right turn on Mudge Road, at 1 mile we made a left on Skyline Drive followed by a right on Herrick Road (CR143). We drove 1 mile to #1053 Herrick Road, a yellow house on the right ....the summit is due east behind the house at about 400 yards from the road.

I was greeted by Ray Hawes and his 3 friendly dogs when I inquired at the house. He said that he gets a few hikers each year, I being the first this year.
"Watch out for deer hunters." He warned.
He has no problems with hikers going across his property, but would like to be informed. He told me about his encounter with Clifford (see Clifford's TR), so I read parts of Clifford's report as it applied to him. He appreciated this, "Yes, that's exactly as I remember it."
His wife named the house "Hayfield Hill", after his parents home in England which was called "Hayfield Hall". His sister who lives near-by used the name "Hall" so his wife decided to go with "Hill".

Rose and I walked across the grass field to the woods then a short open bushwack to the summit area, at about 300 yards from the house ..... a large flat area with a number of possible highpoints, I picked a spot at GPS 42.79485, 74.20847.

From here we traveled west on hwy #20 to Montgomery County.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:26 ft / 7 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:26 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:xcountry/bushwack eb from herrick road
    Start Trailhead:#1053 herrick road  1430 ft / 435 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km

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