Ascent of Niagara Escarpment High Point on 2011-10-19

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Adam Helman
Bob Packard
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Niagara Escarpment High Point
    Elevation:1785 ft / 544 m

Ascent Trip Report

We followed the suggestion of Derek Standen and approached from the east. We drove the access road eastwards and parked, but later realized we drove too far and that we could have turned right and driven all the way to the gate mentioned in Dereks' trip report.

Also, instead of taking the long route on ski trails that skirts the swamp to the north, we decided to take a "shortcut" and bushwhack directly across the swamp. We started after passing the field with the trailers, when the ski trail first starts avoiding the swamp. It was pretty bad brush, with lots of downed logs, thickets, and muddy pools slowing our progress. It took us less time to come back via the ski trails, so I don't recommend our "longcut".

The highpoint was easy to find in open forest. A GPS helps, of course.

A final note--at the north end of the swamp is a nice cliff outcrop that has an OBM spot elevation of 543 meters, just one meter lower than the summit. If the weather had been nicer for us we would have climbed to this point, which may offer nice views from the cliff tops.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:204 ft / 62 m
    Total Elevation Loss:204 ft / 62 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.3 mi / 5.3 km
    Grade/Class:Class 1
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack, Mud/Swamp
    Weather:Drizzle, Cool, Breezy, Low Clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:138 ft / 42 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 105 ft / 32 m; Extra: 33 ft / 10m
    Loss on way in:33 ft / 10 m
    Distance:1.4 mi / 2.2 km
    Route:Swamp bushwhack
    Start Trailhead:1680 ft / 512 m
    Time:55 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:171 ft / 52 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 105 ft / 32 m; Extra: 66 ft / 20m
    Gain on way out:66 ft / 20 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Ski trail around swamp
    End Trailhead:1680 ft / 512 m
    Time:40 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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