York County High Point Trip Report

two areas - Hosac and Clark Mtns (1,320+ ft)

Date: August 7, 2002
Author: Bill Schuler

From State Highways 25 and 5 in West Cornish, go South on 5 and immediately turn Left on School Street.

Mileage Log:

0.0 Zero Odometer at School Street
0.5 Turn Right at Y onto Old Lymington Rd.
1.7 Go Left at Y onto Pond Hill Rd.
3.2 Road turns to dirt
3.4 Turn Right at private driveway

Go to the house on the left before the boulders across the road and ask permission. The owners are gracious but have had problems with ATVers. There are hidden cameras to detect trespassers and the owner was concerned that I had no weapon for protection.

Start hiking straight ahead up the road (you are in the saddle between Hosac and Clark Mountains). Pass the blocking boulders and soon the road becomes paved the rest of the way to the top. Pass a locked gate for a quarry and bear left at 2 junctions to the top of Hosac Mountain with its 2 towers. A sign on top claims Hosac as the highest point in York County at 1320 feet. There are good views in all directions if you walk around a bit.

Back at the car, you can bushwhack due north to Clark Mountain but it is steep and brushy. I chose to drive back out the driveway, turned left toward town and in 0.3 mile found a snowmobile track going left toward the mountain. I parked here and hiked the track and then another until it veered away from the peak, then bushwhacked due west to the top. No views.

Clark looked higher from Hosac but my leveling was inconclusive. My altimeter showed Clark as 2 feet higher but it was varying by that much. My guess is that Clark in higher by a few feet. Climb them both.

Total elevation gain for both peaks was about 1,050 feet in 3.7 hiking miles.