Bear Mountain Summit From Cain Hollow Road

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    I go on these hikes whether or not anyone else joins in, but I need to know if others are joining as I will wait at the trailhead for late arriving participants.

    This is one of the five different approaches to the summit of Bear Mountain in Allegany State Park where we will find a USGS Benchmark and two reference marks at an elevation of about 2300.

    It is a roundtrip bushwhack of 6.5 to 7 miles depending on the number of detours around blowdown that are necessary. It was 3.25 miles one way last time I hiked it.
    This is the only practical approach to Bear Mountain in the winter when the road to Quaker Beach, ASP 1 and Bay State Road are all closed preventing access by any of the other three approaches without long road walks.

    Here is the description of the Bear Benchmark (note, however, that the claim about the highest elevaion is not true, there is a higher point near the Summit Fire Tower):

    Bear benchmark is located on a hill of about 2300 feet elevation, the highest point in Allegany State Park. Station mark is a standard disk stamped Bear 1935, set in the top of a 7-inch tile filled with concrete and projecting 7 inches from ground. In 1935, it was 2.30 meters northeast of dead oak tree blaze, 2.25 meters west of dead stump, 7.0 meters southeast of dead trunk of tree, 15.5 meters west of large oak tree blaze. In 1967, it was 1.8 feet southwest of a metal witness post.

    The reference marks as described by the USGS as follows:

    Reference mark 1 is a standard disk stamped Bear 1935 No 1, set in the top of a 7-inch tile which is filled with concrete and projects 6 inches above the ground. In 1935. Reference mark no. 1 was 55.74 feet northeast of the Bear benchmark and 32.81 feet northwest of large oak tree. In 1967, it was 33 feet north-northwest of a 30-inch oak tree, 1 foot west-northwest of a metal witness post and the mark is one foot lower in elevation than the station.

    Reference mark 2 is a standard disk stamped Bear No[masked], set in the top of a 7-inch tile filled with concrete and projecting 6 inches from ground. In 1935, Reference mark no. 2 was 62.22 feet west of north of the Bear Bencmark and 78.87 feet west of reference mark no. 1

    A waiver of liability will be required.  You can download it, sign it, then scan and return it to me by email, fax, or bring a signed copy with you to the hike. (Send me an email through the meetup system and request either the email address for a scanned copy or the fax number for a fax copy.) Here is the link to the release form:Release of Liability

    Link to G4map of the hike

    Link to Elevation Profile (one-way)

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