Ascent of High Point on 2022-07-23

Climber: Jason Rossman

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, July 23, 2022
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Bicycle
Peak:High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1803 ft / 549 m

Ascent Trip Report

Final day of 4 straight day hikes of the AT in NJ

The previous 3 days I had rode my bike north to south, then hiked south to north. Today, I flipped the process as I didn't feel like biking up hill for 9 miles. I dropped my car at the High Point State Park AT parking lot and rode my bike to a small pull-off on Rt. 284. As I was getting ready to start my hike SOBO, three NOBO thru hikers arrived. Two of them were the ones I met at the PA/NJ line on my very first day. The third I had encountered on my 2nd day. I was impressed by their progress.

By now I had developed blisters on both my pinky toes and my heels, so every step was uncomfortable. My pace slowed as my usual speed was just going to make things worse.

Despite the sore feet, I enjoyed this section as it was different from the previous 3 days. There were more road crossings to break up the sections of woods, an open field with a great view of the high point monument, and even a walk through a working farm.

I arrived at the high point monument and was disappointed that you couldn't go up to the top. I thought it would be busy as it was a Saturday, but there were just a few people there. A larger group did arrive just as I was leaving. The remainder of the hike back to my car was torture as my feet were screaming at me to stop. In the end, a successful 4 days of covering the AT in NJ. Next year, I'll probably do a little less mileage.

START: 9:09am
END: 2:05pm
10.76 miles
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1383 ft / 421 m
    Total Elevation Loss:395 ft / 120 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.8 mi / 17.3 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1383 ft / 421 m
    Distance:8.7 mi / 14.1 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    Start Trailhead:Route 284 pull-off  420 ft / 128 m
    Time:3 Hours 15 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:395 ft / 120 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.3 km
    Route:Appalachian Trail
    End Trailhead:High Point State Park AT Parking  1408 ft / 429 m
    Time:52 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Jason Rossman
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