Ascent of Harvey Mountain on 2016-04-14

Climber: Jean André Laverdure

Date:Thursday, April 14, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Harvey Mountain
    Location:USA-Massachusetts/New York
    Elevation:2057 ft / 626 m

Ascent Trip Report

Another day's outing to piece together the trail / bridge connections between Beebe Hill Fire Tower and Harvey Mtn views (yet to connect Turkey Hill with the Bear Brook Bridge for an end-to-end go)!
Jean Peak 5.03 miles / 2:16 hours
Harvey Mtn 5.94 / 2:50
TH 7.72 / 3:49

On a beautiful day for tramping a large solitude of woods, a group of 7 AMC Mohawk-Hudson Chapter members myself acting as guide reached, exploring the Red-Blazed Trail from Beebe Hill to Harvey Mtn crossing an expanse of state forest by first enjoying the all-around views including our destination from Beebe Hill Fire Tower (crossing Cty Rte 5 & NY Rte 22). The trail was mostly an easy follow, due to impressive Mtn Biker improvements to the path. Two Bridges between Rtes 5 & 22 eased our passage, our first crossing the Bear Creek Bridge with lunch afterward at the Green River Bridge; while but two problematic trail areas appeared along the way. The first was before the bridge crossings below Turkey Hill where a biker-well-beaten Blue Trail junctions with the Red Trail, here continuing to descend trying to follow Red Blazes led away from the well beaten path into a limbo, forcing us to rejoin the Bike Path / Red Trail to our left; the second was after the crossing of Rte 22 where the trail briefly follows an old tote road and my missing a right turn into a well-blazed passage through evergreens. Halting the group, I backtracked to find our lost path, from this point the Red Trail altho well-blazed is not so very well maintained crossing a series of blowdowns and poor drainage till it reaches the trail register and Blue Trail junction west to trail head parking. From here, the Red Trail climbs an easy double to single track which leads up to Harvey Mtn's blueberry fields, MA Benchmark, and NY/MA boundary marker with field views including the Appalachian Trail's Jug End summit. My plan is to offer this tramp as a summertime Chapter Hike to include the enjoyment of ripe blueberries. A short gravel road descent returned us to our waiting return vehicle along Harvey Mtn Road. This outing may have been a Chapter first, the crossing between these two peaks certainly was for all trampers involved.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1599 ft / 486 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1289 ft / 392 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8.3 mi / 13.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Breezy, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1544 ft / 470 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 532 ft / 162 m; Extra: 1012 ft / 308m
    Loss on way in:1012 ft / 308 m
    Distance:7.2 mi / 11.6 km
    Route:Tower Rd & Red Trail
    Start Trailhead:Engel Rd  1525 ft / 464 m
    Time:4 Hours 50 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:277 ft / 84 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 222 ft / 67 m; Extra: 55 ft / 16m
    Gain on way out:55 ft / 16 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.7 km
    Route:Woods Rd
    End Trailhead:Harvey Mtn Rd  1835 ft / 559 m
    Time:32 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Harvey Mtn

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Beebe Hill2016-04-14 a 
2Turkey Hill2016-04-14 b 
3Harvey Mountain2016-04-14 c1599 ft / 487 m
Total Trip Gain: 1599 ft / 487 m    Total Trip Loss: 1289 ft / 393 m
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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