Ascent of Madison County High Point on 2016-11-25

Climber: Todd Jennings

Date:Friday, November 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Madison County High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2140 ft / 652 m

Ascent Trip Report

Morrow Mountain was my 2nd CoHP of the day, having summited Oneida County's Tassel Hill a couple of hours earlier.

I parked on the shoulder of Firetower Rd, directly across the street from the entrance sign of Morrow Mountain State Forest. Mack Rd, which runs up the mountain, is only seasonal, so was buried in snow after the recent round of lake effect storms that had hit Central New York.

I had forgotten to bring snowshoes with me on my trip north from the Hudson Valley, so I tackled the hike - which was mostly in knee-deep and thigh-deep snow - with just my YakTrax. I passed a couple of deer hunters on the way up, as this is the middle of rifle season. Accordingly, I wore a bright red shirt to be sure I wasnt mistaken for a target.

About 2/3rds of the way up the mountain, there was a beautiful swath of pines, which had shielded the road from the heaviest of the snowfall. At the summit area, there is a radio/communications tower of some sort, and an accompanying small shack, which I assume contains maintenance equipment and a power source for the tower.

The 0.95-mile trip up took 23 minutes, and the trip back down a mere 13 minutes.

Recommendation: If you do this one in the winter, you should probably bring snowshoes.

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A swath of pines about 2/3 of the way up the mountain (2016-11-25). Photo by Todd Jennings.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:267 ft / 81 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Mack Rd
    Trailhead:Firetower Rd  1873 ft / 570 m
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Time:23 Minutes
Ascent Part of Trip: Oneida and Madison County High Points

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Tassel Hill2016-11-25580 ft / 177 m
2Madison County High Point2016-11-25267 ft / 81 m
Total Trip Gain: 847 ft / 258 m    Total Trip Loss: 847 ft / 258 m

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