Ascent of Morgan Hill on 2009-08-03

Climber: Greg Slayden

Others in Party:Keith Slayden
Muriel Everhart
Date:Monday, August 3, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Morgan Hill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2060 ft / 627 m

Ascent Trip Report

Morgan Hill Road can be accessed in two ways. From the south, on NY 13, it begins a little less than a mile east of Truxton. From there, it is approximately 6 miles to the start of the hike. Note that Falleson's book says this distance is 8.7 miles--that is way off. The road is dirt for all but the first half mile, but is passable to passenger cars. We encountered a logging operation and had to ask them to move their heavy trucks to the side of the road so we could pass. We saw no sign of the berm mentioned by Bob Packard.

Mike Schwartz's directions from the north are still valid. From NY-80, drive south on Bailey Road a little west of Fabius, and shortly bear right on Shackham Road. 3 miles from NY 80 (all paved), turn left on a dirt road signed "Morgan Hill". This leads uphill for a mile to a "T", where you turn right for a mile to the start of the hike. This point is at WGS84 42.792932, -75.995970. (We had trouble finding the right place to start hiking and wound up hiking the road for an extra 120 vertical feet.)

From this point, head east into the woods on a very overgrown road, past the boulders that block vehicle access 50 feet in. However, in the 6+ year's since Mike's report, the road has likely become much more overgrown--I would almost hesitate to call it a road. My GPS track headed ESE, then NE. Due to heavy recent rains, we found it very muddy and wet. The ruts were deep and often pools of water, so we hiked on the grassy median. Mike's "swale" was a small pond/swamp.

The road came to a clearing at 42.793584, -75.985757, less than 0.25 miles from the summit. Two roads led away from the clearing, but for us they were more puddle than road so we bushwhacked off in between them, eventually paralleling the leftmost road. This finally climbed out of the standing water to a crest, and we stopped where it started descending steeply to the NE.

From here my GPS showed the high point to the north, so Keith and I bushwhacked north looking for higher ground while Muriel waited. This 2060-foot contour was surprisingly flat and a bit brushy, and we stepped on all high spots we found. We came out on another road to the north, and it, too, dropped down to the NE. The land to the north of this second road seemed lower. So we returned to the original road, aided by Muriel's calls, satisfied that we had tagged the HP somewhere in the brush.

We returned to Morgan Hill Road the way we came. We have no idea where the second road we encountered near the summit originates.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:320 ft / 97 m
    Route:West Slopes
    Trailhead:Morgan Hill Road  1740 ft / 530 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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