Ascent of Swede Mountain on 2014-04-27

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Sunday, April 27, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Swede Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1893 ft / 576 m

Ascent Trip Report

A moderate bushwack south-west-bound in open woods from hwy#8 ..... 1.4 miles, 1h20 hours RT.

From the Adirondack Northway (I87), exit 25, I drove east on Hwy #8 for 13 miles to a road-side parking on the right, at the very west end of North Pond. I parked here, this was my TH.

I walked across the beaver dam at the west end of North Pond, where the woods to the left (south) are heavily posted. I stayed right and bushwacked southwest 200 yards, then south 300 yards where I picked up an old woods road (as shown on Caltopo) that climbs southwest on the ridge 500 yards directly to the Lookout Tower. This route is moderate in open mostly deciduous woods, not difficult, I ascended in 28 minutes (all my distances are guess-estimates).

The Lookout Tower in not in use, the first string of stairs removed, a dilapidated Fire Warden Cabin is still standing. The wooded summit offers no views, to one side of the Tower on a rock is the BM "USC&G, SWEDE MTN, No?, 1942" (??? damaged surface, not legible), my GPS 43.73684,-73.59270.

The Lookout Tower is not on the HP of Swede Mountain, the actual HP is 100 yards to the east on moss covered rock outcrop (I passed it on my ascent). I chose my spot at GPS 43.73781,-73.59173.

Also I should add that there is an obvious bump 150 yards south east of the Lookout Tower that contends for the HP. I wacked over and chose my spot at 43.73649,-73.59105. I believe it is higher in elevation than the Lookout Tower but not higher than my chosen spot.

REMEMBER WHEN ..... " ........... alan jackson

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:343 ft / 104 m
    Extra Gain:50 ft / 15 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:bushwack swb from hwy #8
    Trailhead:Parking at west end North Pond  1650 ft / 502 m
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Time:28 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Time:18 Minutes

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