Ascent of High Point on 2012-08-10

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Daniel Musser
Karen Musser
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Friday, August 10, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1803 ft / 549 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked at the AT Trailhead parking lotoff of SR 23 (CR 443). It was raining and very foggy and visibility was poor. Not going to be going through this part of NJ again for who knows when and I detest drive ups so... we hiked the blue connector trail to the AT white blaze trail, crossed through the park office parking lot and then contoured the eastern side of Kittatinny Mountain using the AT. The low elevations were full of broadleaf trees (hickory, oak, maple, sassafrass, etc..) with only 2 species of pine. The subcanopy was rather open and actually very pleasant to walk through. We saw about 4 orange salamanders and many toads and a couple of deer. There were at least 5 species of oak.

We made a wrong turn where all the park trails come together and ended up at Lake Marcia and had to backtrack and regain some ground so we ended up with extra gain along way. The trails and roadways undulate a bit throughout the approach. At the top, the views would have been magnificent for NJ at the large wooden observation deck and at the obelisk tower if it were not for the fact that the clouds were blanketing the ground.

We descided to run up the tower which was hot and humid but a fun 220 feet of extra climbing but still no views today. By the time we headed down it stopped drizzling and the clouds began to clear. If we had waited another hour perhaps we would have experienced the good views but we had to go to our next destination - "Ringing Rocks Park" in nearby PA. The rocks really do resinate an odd metalic like ring when you strike them.

Our meandering route up through the woods and misturns was about 2.0 miles and we did much of the same back but short cut some using the paved road on the way back.

Gain on the way back was the many rolling hills on the trails and roads and we added in the 220 foot tower stair climb to the top of the tower.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:923 ft / 280 m
    Total Elevation Loss:923 ft / 281 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.8 mi / 6.1 km
    Grade/Class:1 and 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Drizzle, Pleasant, Calm, Low Clouds
Rain to drizzle and fog and clouds
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:523 ft / 159 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 303 ft / 92 m; Extra: 220 ft / 67m
    Loss on way in:220 ft / 67 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Blue Route to AT to Monument Trail
    Start Trailhead:AT Trail Head Parking Lot  1500 ft / 457 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:703 ft / 214 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 303 ft / 92 m; Extra: 400 ft / 121m
    Gain on way out:400 ft / 121 m
    Distance:1.8 mi / 2.9 km
    Route:Blue Route to AT to Monument Trail
    End Trailhead:AT Trail Head Parking Lot  1500 ft / 457 m

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