Ascent of Cornell Hill on 2014-04-05

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, April 5, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cornell Hill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:430 ft / 131 m

Ascent Trip Report

An easy woods road hike westbound from Cold Springs Road ...... 1.3 miles, 35 minutes RT.

Rose and I wanted to get away from the snow for a few days so we decided to drive down to Albany, NY and do some high pointing in the immediate area. It turned out that we didn't go far enough south .... still a lot of snow at the high elevations.

On this first day we visited 5 small summits starting out with Cornell Hill. The Driving directions to the TH are as per below

I approached from the west side. From the TH (the driving directions are per below) I walked east on the Woods Road for .4 miles as it snakes/climbs to an intersection at a height-of-land. I turned left on the lesser Woods Road and continued northeast .25 miles to the obvious summit. The Lookout Tower as long been removed, only the old foundations remain, limited views.
Patches of snow still remains.

A geocashing "JOIN ME" WHITE PLASTIC CANISTER sits besides one of the foundations, full of trinkets. I signed the somewhat wet register.

0.0M From I87 exit 13, just south of Saratoga Springs, we zeroed our odo and drove south on Hwy #9
toward Malta.
1.9M At the stop light we turned left (east) on Hwy #9P
4.5M At the south end of Saratoga Lake we turned right on Lake Road.
4.6M Turned right on Cold Springs Road.
5.7M Arrived at gated Woods Road on the left with posted signs. This was my TH.

From here we continued driving south to Overlook Dune, west of Albany.


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:114 ft / 34 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.3 mi / 2.1 km
    Route:woods road eb from cold springs road
    Trailhead:Cold Springs Road, south of Lake Road  316 ft / 96 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground

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