Ascent of Beech Mountain on 2012-05-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Thursday, May 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Beech Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3118 ft / 950 m

Ascent Trip Report

THIS CLIMB COMPLETES MY PB LIST "NEW YORK COUNTY HIGH POINTS". I must note that I earnestly started New York County High Pointing in 2009.

An easy/moderate trail hike followed by a short bushwack ..... 6 miles. 2h45 hours RT, including all breaks/data taking.

I approached from the south, the village of Parksville off of hwy 17, exit 98. I used the usual Flynn Trail route as talked about by others and I want to provide an updated detailed description of this route.

(0.00) I zeroed my odo (mileage) at the exit and drove into Parksville where I picked up the road sign CR85.
(0.40) Stayed left at the fork on Lily Pond Road, from here-on I always stayed on the main road ignoring side roads.
(5.10) Arrived at a stop, 4-Way-Crossing just over a bridge and turn left. Delorme Map and others report that Lily Pond Road changes names to Hunter Lake Road on the way to this stop, I didn't see the name change.
(5.16) Turned right on Mongaup Road, sign on corner reads/points-the-way, "Debruce Environmental Education Camp".
(7.83) I stayed left at the fork on Beech Mountain Road, right takes you to "Mongaup Pond NY State Park Campground".
(8.14) Arrived at the "Willowemoc-Long Pond Wild Forest" Kiosk and TH parking. Straight ahead is private property signed "No Entry". The TH for the Flynn Trail is in front of the Kiosk across the road, its register is 20 yards inside the Trail. The Flynn Trail is Blazed with blue discs and is easy to follow, except for the first few hundred yards, the Trail is a wide grass road.

At 1.7 miles the snowmobile trail "Big Rock Trail" crosses the Trail, lot of large signs, can't be missed. The Flynn Trail narrows as it continues straight (going around a barrier) and at .28 Miles reaches a fork (my GPS read 41.97629,-74.70816), left takes you to Hodge Pond. I stayed right and in another .25 miles I came to another fork where I stayed right again. The grass road becomes dirt here as it climbs/winds its way northerly, then loops east over the north ridge where it turns left/descends southeasterly. At this turn there is a lesser track that heads straight up the ridge, my GPS here read 41.98337,-74.70306.
I followed/ascended this lesser track as it attains the large summit contour at 80 yards. From the height-of-land in the middle of the contour I bushwacked at a 200 degree compass line about 250 yards to the summit area. Easy open hardwoods woods, had to go around a small boggy area. I guess estimate the distance from the TH to the summit at 3 miles.

After checking out the area I chose my spot at GPS 41.98100,-74.70428, a spot 40 yards to the north near the boggy area could contend for the HP. Unfortunately I haven't yet replaced my damaged eye-level. The PB coordinates puts the spot in a much lower area.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:978 ft / 298 m
    Total Elevation Loss:978 ft / 298 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6 mi / 9.7 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:978 ft / 298 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:woods rd nb/bushwack for MY LAST NY CoHP
    Start Trailhead:north end of Beech Mtn Rd,TH parking  2140 ft / 652 m
    Time:1 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:978 ft / 298 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route:woods rd nb/bushwack from beech mtn rd
    End Trailhead:north end of Beech Mtn Rd,TH parking  2140 ft / 652 m
    Time:55 Minutes

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