Ascent of Tassel Hill on 2016-11-25
|Date:||Friday, November 25, 2016|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Car|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||1940 ft / 591 m|
Ascent Trip ReportDrove 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.
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|
| Time:||45 Minutes|
| Time:||23 Minutes|
|Ascent Part of Trip: Oneida and Madison County High Points|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 847 ft / 258 m Total Trip Loss: 847 ft / 258 m
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