Ascent of Bald Mountain on 2017-05-11

Climber: David Olson

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Thursday, May 11, 2017
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

On my way to the trail start I saw that they are building a new house just beyond #19 Mountain Ave. I went only 0.1 miles? past that on the unimproved road, stopping at a fenced-in communications facility. This start point is about halfway between where the road goes above 850 ft. and the Mountain Cemetery. As I started hiking I saw an abandoned 'farm' that could be the blue house mentioned in other reports.

At the start, to avoid a large waterhole across the road, I chose to ascend an ATV trail going southwest. Always taking the right fork, it turned west and dropped down at the spot where the old road and the newer Pipeline road split. I wisely took the further west old road. I soon came to the stone house. Checking the report and looking more closely I saw the second stone house too. I took the 'toward the mountain' track and got up in good order. I found Ben Lostracco's HP candidate rock. When I took my GPS reading I apparently stood on the opposite side of the rock compared to Ben, differing from his reading by about .002'
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:330 ft / 100 m
    Total Elevation Loss:30 ft / 9 m
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:330 ft / 100 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 300 ft / 91 m; Extra: 30 ft / 9m
    Loss on way in:30 ft / 9 m
    Start Trailhead:N 41 7.254' W 74 11.369'   864 ft / 263 m
Descent Statistics
    Time:35 Minutes

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