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Ascent of Forked River Mountain on 2014-08-25

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Monday, August 25, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Forked River Mountain
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:184 ft / 56 m

Ascent Trip Report

I followed the eastern section of J.A. Laverdure's route. Good parking along the north side of Lacey Road (CR-614) at the junction with Penhook Road. Walk east along Lacey Road a couple of hundred feet to a gated and posted dirt road heading south. With permission, walk the road about 1.4 miles, swing left for 400 feet, bear right, cross the broad power line right-of-way, continue another 3/4 miles to a T-junction. The trail to the summit shown on the topo petered out after 1/10 mile, and I opted not to bushwhack to the summit. I retraced my steps back to the road junction, walked the road to the junction north of the mountain, then followed another dirt road to the broad summit. I retraced the same route. Ascent: 60 minutes. Descent: 55 minutes.

WARNING: A week after this hike I am covered with chigger bites that itch like crazy. I did a little bit of bushwhacking along the woods roads to avoid some deep puddles, plus the bit of abortive trail-walking on the mountain itself. My recommendation for warm-weather hikers: Load yourself up with DEET from the thighs down and stay on the roads, even if it means getting your feet wet. Trust me, wet feet beat chigger bites.
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