Ascent of Herkimer County High Point on 2013-08-05

Climber: Alan Bernier

Date:Monday, August 5, 2013
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Herkimer County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2697 ft / 822 m

Ascent Trip Report

I used Ben Lostracco's good directions for this one. Total hike took me 5.5 hours. The first bushwhack section wasn't so bad. The "old road" on the far side of the river was in worse shape than I expected. It is slowly becoming reclaimed by the forest, and there are plenty of spots where young Spruce trees totally engulfed the walkway. The clearing is easy to find, and there is a semi-flagged old road branching off to the left out of the clearing. This road slowly disintegrates, and you will cross a more distinct old road that climbs out of the swamp and ascends the NE shoulder of peak 744. From here it is pretty much a complete bushwhack. The farther east you can make it before crossing the chain of marshes, the better. The woods were a bit thicker than I expected, but not too bad. I found three distinct bumps with pink flagging on them, including the two larger contour areas. Tough to say which is highest, although the small area with the single boulder that was marked seemed lower than the other two larger areas.
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