Ascent of Herkimer County High Point on 2012-04-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, April 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Herkimer County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2697 ft / 822 m

Ascent Trip Report

The Jean Laverdure TR prompted me to look for another TH for this HP instead of using the Traditional TH at the northend of North Lake. I chose my TH north of South Lake and west of Honnedaga Lake, it turned out to be an excellent choice ..... the only negative being the sign at the TH's Locked Gate which I ignored "NOTICE, THIS IS A PRIVATE PARK, No hunting, fishing or trapping, or no trespassing for any purpose".
This is a much shorter route ..... a road/trail/bushwack of 8.34 miles, 7h45 hours RT.
I drove here last night, slept in my van in order to get an early start this morning. All distances in this TR are guess-estimates.

From Alder Creek hwy intersection of #12/28 (north of Utica) I drove north on #28 for 1.93 miles to Forestport and a right turn (just past bridge) on North Lake Road (CR72), 1.2 miles to Forestport Station, I continued straight over the RR Tracks on North Lake Road for 14.35 miles to the bridge at the southend of North Lake and a right turn on South Lake Road, 2.6 miles east to South Lake, then 1.6 miles north on Honnedaga Lake Road to a turnaround, parked my van here ..... On the right is a Locked Gated Dirt Road that continues east to Honnedaga Lake, due north (straight) is a Locked Gated Dirt Road that heads north to Middle Branch Black River, this Gated Road is my TH. Both are signed as noted above.
Prior to this turnaround on the left is another Gated Road that heads west.

I left the TH northbound on the Dirt Road, .7 miles the Road bends right to right-of-east direction and in .2 miles I turned left (GPS 43.54544,-74.86951) and left the Dirt Road.

I bushwacked north .4 miles to the east-west old road, coming-in on the left from the Traditional TH at the northend of North Lake. This route drops to a stream crossing with a small water fall (you can hear the cascading water), crosses a low boggy area before climbing to the east-west road. This is a rough/fairly dense bushwack in mixed woods.
From here-on I followed the route reported by others, I try to update/add a few details.

I turned right on the old road and walked east .5 miles to a nice clearing at the foot of Hill 744, GPS 43.54790,-74.85830 (1.8 miles, 1h05 hour from TH). This old road is badly overgrown with evergreen in a number of places, not difficult. 2 tracks leave the east side of this clearing, the one to the left side (north) is the route for the summit. I took a 15 minute break here.

I walked easterly by bushwacking/contouring around the north slopes of Hill 744 (.5 miles) to its east col with Hill 733, at a stream crossing, GPS 43.54897,-74.84886. A small pond can be seen through the trees to the north.
I started this leg on the faint woods road however it ends at a short distance, the rest is moderate open deciduous woods except for the area on both sides of the 744/733 col which is fairly dense evergreen with rough footing.

I continued east (.37 miles) by again bushwacking/contouring around the north slopes of Hill 733 to the low swampy area on its east side, I crossed a small water way at a beaver-like dam, GPS 43.54982,-74.84142. This low area is very rough/swampy, with fairly dense evergreen to the east and west sides and a large flat swamp to the south. The bushwack on the north slopes of Hill 733 is fairly open deciduous. 20 minute break.

For this last leg I stayed/climbed easterly on a 80 degree compass line 1.5 miles miles to the summit area, always looking-for/zig-zagging/following the easy way. Mostly/fairly open deciduous woods with small patches of evergreen with sections of rough footing.
The summit has 4 areas with a 822 meter contour in a close proximity, I went to all 4.

I first went to the west area and chose my spot at a large rock, GPS 43.55638,-74.81864.
Then I went to the 2 small middle areas (both very short narrow ridges), GPS 43.5597,-74.81805, 43.55628,-74.81766. My eye level told me that both of these areas are lower in elevation than the other 2 ares and need not be visited.
The HP on the east area is also on a narrow steep sided ridge with a 2 meter wide top, GPS 43.55624,-74.81669.
My estimated totals to the summit ...... 4.17 miles, 4h35 hours including my breaks.
I took a 20 minute lunch break before backtracking to the TH in 2h50 hours.

"I YAM WHAT I YAM AND THAT'S WHAT I YAM." ........ Popeye.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1309 ft / 398 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1309 ft / 398 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:915 ft / 278 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 423 ft / 129 m; Extra: 492 ft / 149m
    Loss on way in:492 ft / 149 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route:road/tr/bushwack from honnegada lake rd
    Start Trailhead:Honnedaga lake road TH N of south lake   2274 ft / 693 m
    Time:4 Hours 35 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:817 ft / 249 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 423 ft / 129 m; Extra: 394 ft / 120m
    Gain on way out:394 ft / 120 m
    Distance:4.2 mi / 6.7 km
    Route:road/tr/bushwack from honnegada lake rd
    End Trailhead:Honnedaga lake road TH N of south lake   2274 ft / 693 m
    Time:2 Hours 50 Minutes

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