Ascent of Morris County High Point on 2012-06-17

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Sunday, June 17, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Morris County High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1395 ft / 425 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trail/bushwack to 2 Areas ...... 2 miles, 1h05 hours RT including the stomping around

We overnighted here at the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation Campground the last 2 nights, this County Park is perhaps the most inexpensive Campground in all of NJ ..... tent sites are 14$ and RV sites with electricity at 20$. The park provides an excellent trail map for its extensive network of trails.

This morning before breakfast I left the RV Trailer Camp Area at site #4 and followed the blue blazed Pine Swamp Trail .6 miles to a T-junction where the blue trail turns left, I stayed right on the blue/black blazed connector trail for 100 yards to a left turn on the white blazed trail which climbs 75 yards to the summit area ..... at a bench on the left and a large sign on the right "Highest Point in Morris County, 1395', 425 meters Above Sea Level". This is not the HP.

For the HP I bushwacked west (easy) 100 yards to the obvious but flat topped high ground, choosing my spot at GPS 41.01995,-74.57578. A large erratic rock with a small cairn sits 10 yards to the Northwest.

For the spot elevation 1388' on the topo map I came back to the white trail at the large sign and continued for 200 yards before leaving the trail and bushwacking to the right (75 yards) to my chosen spot at GPS 41.02168,-74.57369. This is a large area with numerous large erratic rocks and nothing obvious, open woods. I stomped the area in circles before choosing my spot.

For good detail on the Park's history/correct elevation see Michael Schwartz TR.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:215 ft / 65 m
    Total Elevation Loss:215 ft / 65 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:215 ft / 65 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 195 ft / 60 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:blue/white trail from mahon dickerson CG
    Start Trailhead:Mahon Dickerson CG  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:20 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:blue/white trail from mahon dickerson CG
    End Trailhead:Mahon Dickerson CG  1200 ft / 365 m
    Time:15 Minutes

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