Ascent of Bowling Green Mountain on 2012-06-16

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Saturday, June 16, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bowling Green Mountain
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1381 ft / 420 m

Ascent Trip Report

We found our way to the old Milton Snow Bowl Parking area on Weldon Road, which is now part of "Mahlon Dickerson Reseration presently under consideration for future development". This is just south of Jefferson Twp Middle School and .87 miles north of the Mahlon Dickerson Campground office. The area is gated with parking beside the road.

The Communication Towers on the summit are clearly visible from the parking (to the southeast). I erred in looking for the dirt road to the top at the rear/furthest-right side of the large grass/open area. The road I found was the wrong one so I ended-up bushwacking (easy open except for the mountain laurel near the top) to the top aiming for the west end of the ridge.

Once on the ridge I continued easterly and in doing so noticed a rocky ridge to the right (south) which I visited and believe this contends for the HP. My GPS here read 41.00625,-74.55308 this spot is about 150 yards southwest of the Tower. 2 cotton sweaters "Pequannock Wrestling" are nailed to a large tree, 30 yards north of my spot.

I continued the bushwack to the Tower, then north on a dirt road another 100 yards to the HP, GPS 41.00792,-74.54996 ..... rock outcrop with the old tower foundations 40 yards south.

I descended on the dirt access tower road which I estimate at .75 miles from the TH. To find its start ...... from the gated entrance at the TH walk/stay left on the dirt track to the rear of the open grass area, where the road starts at an opening in the fence line. The road drops/crosses the creek and winds/climbs to the top.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:401 ft / 122 m
    Total Elevation Loss:20 ft / 6 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:401 ft / 122 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 381 ft / 116 m; Extra: 20 ft / 6m
    Loss on way in:20 ft / 6 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 2 km
    Route:dirt road from TH parking on weldon road
    Start Trailhead:weldon road  1000 ft / 304 m
Descent Statistics
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.2 km
    Route:dirt road from TH parking on weldon road
    End Trailhead:weldon road  
    Time:15 Minutes

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