Ascent of High Point on 2016-05-20

Climber: Van Wagner

Others in Party:Bryan Royer
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, May 20, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1803 ft / 549 m

Ascent Trip Report

We started a 42 hour, 4 state HP tour, leaving St. Louis at 5 am. We arrived at Appalachian Trail parking lot about 9 pm. It was a beautiful, calm evening with a full moon, and I was feeling lazy, not wanting to put on hiking boots. We decided to take the "Asphalt Trail" route up to the monument, wearing sneakers and T shirt, and carrying (but not using) head lights. We walked from the parking lot back to NJ-23 and skirted around the gate at the park entrance. We walked the road going north of Lake Marcia to the summit. On our return, just beyond the lake, we stumbled upon two black bears, maybe 100 feet away. They moved off. Overall, it was a pleasant walk in the park with no humans around!
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