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Ascent of Sams Point-North Summit on 2018-05-24

Climber: Bob Packard

Date:Thursday, May 24, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sams Point-North Summit
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:2289 ft / 697 m

Ascent Trip Report

Visited the Sam's Point Area of Minnewaska SP Preserve which opened at 9AM. Follow the sign for Sam's Point out of Cragsmoor which is near Ellenville, NY. Paid $10 entry fee to park and make use of the preserve. Visited all 5 of the 2280 contour areas, all of which I consider contenders for the high point. Walked the carriage road north to the northern and largest area. Road gets you inside the contour. I thrashed though the brush (pigmy pitch pine with undergrowth) to the west, but I give the nod to the perceptible rise in the road slightly to the north of the 2289 x. Next I visited the three tiny contours to the west of Lake Maratanza. These are nothing more than the high points along the exposed and easily walked cliff edge that run N-S on the western edge of the plateau. All give views and I feel are real contenders. South of the southern of these I did a horrible bushwhack east. My GPS told me that I got inside the contour area about 100 feet north and a little east of the 2289 x. Took me 4 hours parking lot to parking lot. Estimate 3.5 miles rt and 250 feet of elevation gain.
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