Ascent of Inwood Hill on 2015-12-13

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, December 13, 2015
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Train
Peak:Inwood Hill
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:230 ft / 70 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woman on the subway told me that I would enjoy the Bennett Park and Fort Washington Park highpointing experience far more than rolling up a bit further north and trying lesser known Inwood Hill Park. She even said it would be crowded up there. She proclaimed it a safe place to go in the day but a bit sketchy and not the good views at Fort Washington. But the terrain looked to me (from the USGS map) like a jewel in the rough so I had to try it also anyway. As it turned out, I enjoyed this park far more than Fort Washington and Bennett Park.

The subway A line actually terminates at what they call 207th street a short walk to one of the park's many entrances. This park is a very large land mass. The trick is not to get disoriented coming out of the subway like I did all day today. I can not get my bearings in urban hiking with tall buildings in the way of the sun and the subway up-shafts seem to turn on me or something. Once again, my hike went off a bit as I headed in the opposite direction coming out of the tunnel and headed NE into a section of town that was admittedly becoming more industrial and probably what she was inferring as "sketchy." I retreated back to the subway and got my bearings corrected and headed correctly this time down Isham Street crossing Broadway down to Seaman Avenue. The park entrance looked nice and safe and the journey was on.

I jogged down to the north to find the edge of the water looking at the large bridge ahead and the large soccer field. I chose a combination of both paved and non paved trails. I found one trail off of one of the paved bike trails that was very steep and nice climb up the 200 foot wall of rock. Nobody was on it!
I got very nice views of the city, the river, and the woods as the leaves were all dropped for winter. The HP is easy to find where the two paved bike trails intersect at the top of the ridge plus a short bushwhack to the true summit which was very easy to find in winter with no leaves on the trees. I enjoyed meandering the meany trails and explored a couple of rock outcropping before descending back SW and then back around the loop in the valley back to where I had started. Got in about 3.5 miles here so my tally for the day was approaching a 10 mile hiking day in Manhattan which many of my friends mocked me and said...........where the heck are you going to hike and peakbag in NYC?!!!


Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:495 ft / 150 m
    Total Elevation Loss:460 ft / 139 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Grade/Class:1, 1+
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
63F crazy hot day for mid DEC
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:380 ft / 115 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 225 ft / 69 m; Extra: 155 ft / 47m
    Loss on way in:155 ft / 47 m
    Distance:1.9 mi / 3.1 km
    Route:Urban hike from Subway to trails system
    Start Trailhead:Hudson River edge  5 ft / 1 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:305 ft / 92 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 190 ft / 58 m; Extra: 115 ft / 35m
    Gain on way out:115 ft / 35 m
    Distance:1.7 mi / 2.7 km
    Route:see rtip report
    End Trailhead:subway terminus of route A  40 ft / 12 m
Ascent Part of Trip: NYC bagging

Complete Trip Sequence:
1African Burial Ground High Point2015-12-13 a20 ft / 6 m
2Manhattan High Point2015-12-13 b495 ft / 151 m
3Inwood Hill2015-12-13 c495 ft / 151 m
4Castle Clinton High Point2015-12-13 d20 ft / 6 m
Total Trip Gain: 1030 ft / 314 m    Total Trip Loss: 765 ft / 233 m

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