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Ascent of Hamburg Mountains High Point 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:Hamburg Mountains High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1495 ft / 455 m

Ascent Trip Report

A woods track and bushwack from Sand Pond Road on west side of Wildwood Lake ..... 3 miles, 1h40 hours for both Areas.

There are 2 Candidate High Point Areas for this County with a 1480 foot contour, both around Lake Wildwood .... one to the north and the other to the east of the Lake. Both canditates can be easily reached with a short bushwack.

From the intersection of Hwy 23/CR517 north of Franklin we drove north of CR517 for 1.5 miles to a right turn on Sand Pond Road, then 1.2 miles northeast to a locked gate, parking is on the right 50 yards before the gate. This was my TH, the west side of the lake. All distances in this TR are guess-estimates.

I left from the locked gate at the TH easterly to a fork at 50 yards (as shown on Topo map). I stayed left (right goes to the private Lake side cottages) and in .3 miles I arrived at an obscure "cross road" (not shown on Topo), straight ahead the road continues/drops 100 yards where it turns right to the Lake side cottages.

FOR AREA 2 (north of the Lake)
I turned left at the "cross road" ( a woods track) for 150 yards to a height-of-land where I turned left and bushwacked north about 250 yards (6 minutes in open woods with some rocky terrain) to the summit ...... chose my spot at GPS 41.15794,-74.52272, I built a small cairn, a huge erratic rock sits to one side. I backtracked to the "cross road".

FOR AREA 1 (east of the Lake)
From the "cross road" I walked easterly, stayed straight where the roads turns right to the Lake, and continued on a woods track around the north end of the Lake (ignoring tracks to the left). The track becomes narrower and bends left at .2 miles from "cross road" and climbs northeast another .2 miles to a lesser grass track on the right (GPS 41.15496,-74.51826).
I turned right and followed this grass track 140 yards to a T-Junction with a grass track, stayed left and climbed easterly .2 miles to the height-of-land at the col (between the topo map's spot elevations 1476'/1495'). A stone wall is to the left, my GPS read 41.15524,-74.51507, this is where I started my Bushwack.
I bushwacked a 160 degree compass line .25 miles directly to the summit (100 yards before I passed Posted signs). Open woods, animal paths off and on, easy going. The summit has a huge cairn with a tall vertical stone post, GPS 41.15254,-74.51373.
I backtracked to the TH.

"THE FIRST INCANDESCENT LAMP WAS MADE BY THOMAS A. EDISON IN 1879 IN MENLO PARK, WHERE HE ALSO INVENTED THE FIRST PHONOGRAPH IN 1877 AND IN 1889 EDISON DEVELOPED THE FIRST MOTION PICTURE IN WEST ORANGE." ....... NJ historical facts.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:245 ft / 73 m
    Extra Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:3 mi / 4.8 km
    Route: track/bushwack to 2 areas from sand pond rd
    Trailhead:sand pond road  1300 ft / 396 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack



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