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Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2012-06-14

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Thursday, June 14, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bald Mountain
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1164 ft / 354 m

Ascent Trip Report

Michael Schwartz's directions still apply today and no need to repeat them, however a few changes are noted here. The pavement on Mountain Road ends at 2.7 miles just past the last house on the right. I parked here and this was my TH .... the road to the summit was much too rough for my dodge caravan, for ATVs only. The route (road) follows the Utility Pole Line all the way to the summit, ignore all side roads and just stay with the Utility Line.
The final road to the summit with the Utility Line leaves the main road on the right, just before the Old Stone Ruins, at about .75 miles from TH ..... a grave site is now to one side of the Ruins, a memorial to "Emil A Mann, 04/10/06".
The road arrives at the summit at 1 mile, 25 minutes, from the TH.

The summit area houses a fenced-in Communication Tower, American Tower Co, Mahwah unit. After checking out the area I chose the actual HP to the right, 25 yards before the Tower, as the road arrives at the the Tower ..... a rock outcrop in the woods, my GPS 41.12108,-74.20017.

This hike can be easily done together-with Herman Hill .... the trail to its summit continues past the Old Stone Ruins.

"NEW BRUNSWICK WAS THE SITE FOR THE FIRST INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL GAME IN 1869, RUTGERS BEAT PRINCETON BY A SCORE OF 6-4." ....... NJ historical fact.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:324 ft / 98 m
    Total Elevation Loss:324 ft / 98 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:294 ft / 89 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 264 ft / 80 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:rough road from mountain road
    Start Trailhead:stag hill/mountain road  900 ft / 274 m
    Time:26 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:294 ft / 89 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 264 ft / 80 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Gain on way out:30 ft / 9 m
    Route:rough road from mountain road
    End Trailhead:stag hill/mountain road  900 ft / 274 m
Ascent Part of Trip: bald1

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Bald Mountain2012-06-14 a324 ft / 99 m
2Herman Hill2012-06-14 b146 ft / 45 m
Total Trip Gain: 470 ft / 144 m    Total Trip Loss: 324 ft / 99 m



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