Ascent of Tassel Hill on 2016-11-25

Climber: Todd Jennings

Date:Friday, November 25, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Tassel Hill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:1940 ft / 591 m

Ascent Trip Report

Drove east out of the village of Waterville to the intersection of White St and Tassel Hill Rd, the latter of which is a seasonal road, so was snow covered following the recent spate of lake effect storms in Central New York. I had forgotten to bring snowshoes with me, but I had YaxTrax, which I slipped over my shoes before taking to the hike.

Lower portions of Tassel Hill Rd were open, and the snow drifts were deep. But once I reached the woodsy portion, the snow was no more than ankle deep in most places, although there was a lot of water beneath the snow. I passed a hunter along the way, but he didn't even give me much of a look as I trudged past him.

At about 1.25 miles from the car, the road/trail veered right, and at this point the snow was a lot deeper. Near the summit was a delightful section of pine trees. At the summit clearing, the snow was between knee and thigh deep.

It was a total of 45 minutes ascending the 1.75 miles, and 23 minutes on the descent, making the 3.5-mile RT about 70 minutes.
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View of Tassel Hill from Tassel Hill Rd (2016-11-25). Photo by Todd Jennings.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:580 ft / 176 m
    Trailhead:1360 ft / 414 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Overcast
Ascent Statistics
    Time:45 Minutes
Descent 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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