Ascent of Manhattan High Point on 2008-06-24
|Others in Party:||Aimee Bouchard|
|Date:||Tuesday, June 24, 2008|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
|Peak:||Manhattan High Point|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||265 ft / 80 m|
Ascent Trip ReportAccording to cohp.org, there are two candidates for HP of Manhattan county. The first is the former site of Fort Washington, in Bennett Park, in the Washington Heights part of NYC. It is marked with a plaque stating it is the official highpoint of Manhattan, and is the point this website uses. The second is in nearby Fort Tryon Park, an unnamed hill marked by a large flagpole, not far from the Cloisters.
We visited both sites. Needless to say, the distance between the two points and the intervening buildings makes it impossible to visually compare the two sites. However, my GPS unit, which was working quite well despite the high buildings, indicated that the Bennett Park candidate was 310 feet (note this is higher than the official number), while the Fort Tryon point was only 290 (also higher, but not as high as the first point). This seems to back up the claim on the plaque (which, according to the inscription, may have been placed by the USGS), but until more precise measuring devices are available, for the purposes of county highpointing, visiting both sites will continue to be necessary.
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| Route Conditions:||Road Hike|
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