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Ascent of Kittatiny Mountain-Warren CoHP on 2012-06-19

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Date:Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Kittatiny Mountain-Warren CoHP
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1600 ft / 487 m

Ascent Trip Report

A trail, open country and extremely-dense/difficult bushwack ...... 12 miles, 6h40 minutes.

I approached this CoHP from the west, the AT TH parking at the Delaware Water Gap Visitor Center, east of I80. I decided to visit the summit of Tammany Mountain on the way to and back from Warren CoHP.

I left the TH on the "red dot blazed" Tammany Trail (on the right side of the parking) as it climbs moderately 1.3 miles to the start of the "blue blazed" trail at a height-of-land with a super lookout to the west.
From here I left the trail and hiked north on a floor of low bushes with a heard path, 300 yards to the summit of TAMMANY MOUNTAIN ..... I chose my spot at a rock outcrop and built a cairn, GPS 40.96963,-75.11057. There is no view to speak of, after a 10 minute stop I returned back to the trail at the lookout.

The WARREN CoHP has 2 Candidate High Point Areas. To get to these 2 Areas I followed the blue blazed trail from the lookout around the southside of Tammany Mountain for about 400 yards to a trail junction, where the blue trail turns north over the ridge on the way down to the AT. I stayed right on the Fire Road (not much of a road, more of a trail) as it heads northeast to the 2 Candidate High Point Areas.
On the way I scarred up a bear cub, I passed by the "NJFFS Helispot 2", the "turquoise blazed trail on the left with a cairn on the right and another Helispot with a 12' square x 1/4" thick steel plate.

I first went to WARREN CoHP AREA 2. The Fire Road took me to the fenced-in Upper Yards Creek Reservoir which I estimate at about 3.75 miles from Tammany Mountain, where a "Trail" sign points to the left. I followed the outside fence line about .3 miles to utility pole #NJ94YC at an obvious high ground, 12 yards past the pole is a herd path on the left that leads 20 feet to an erratic rock with a cairn (in very dense brush), this is AREA 2 .... my GPS 40.99895,-75.05282. I took a long break.

For AREA 1 I backtracked on the Fire Road about .4 miles from the fenced-in reservoir to an obvious high ground on the road ..... the AREA 1 HP is to the north of this spot at about 80 yards in a dense wall of oak scrub, my GPS on the road read 40.99589,-75.05118, this is where I started my bushwack.
I started my bushwack in a tunnel-like opening in the oak scrub and literally fought my way through the scrub, extremely difficult stuff as you are moving blindly without a feel for the high ground location. After few hundred yards, 40 minutes, of this stuff I came upon/chose my spot at an erratic rock (similar to Area 2), I added a few rocks to its top, my GPS 40.99623,-75.05166. I did not find any evidence of human traffic.

On the way back I decided to once again go over the Tammany summit but this time from the south east side. After getting back to the "blue blazed trail" I left the trail to the right and went directly the summit at about 100 yards. I descended to the "red dot trail" on the herd path talked-to above.

"DON'T THINK YOU'RE ON THE RIGHT TRAIL JUST BECAUSE IT'S A WELL-BEATEN PATH."
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Extra Loss:250 ft / 76 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:blue tr/fire rd/bushwack to 2 areas from tammany
    Trailhead:tammany mountain  1400 ft / 426 m
Descent Statistics
    Route:fire road back to tammany
    Trailhead:tammany  
Ascent Part of Trip: tamm

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Mount Tammany2012-06-19 a
2Kittatiny Mountain-Warren CoHP2012-06-19 b
3Mount Tammany2012-06-19 c



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