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Ascent of Mount Freedom on 2009-11-07

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Saturday, November 7, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Freedom
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1080 ft / 329 m

Ascent Trip Report

Park at the new Mount Freedom Post Office in a strip mall on the south side of Sussex Turnpike, between Old Brookside Road and Devonshire Drive. At the west end of the lot is a Randolph Township trailhead. Follow the trail south on a gray stone pathway until it intersects a blacktop paved road, and take the road uphill to the right and to a water tower. Highest ground is at the rear of the tower. As it descends, the paved road passes two gates and ends at Old Brookside Road, just north of another trailhead parking area. One could park there and walk the paved road all the way uphill to the tower. Distance is about the same, but the former route has less gain.

Mount Freedom is the local name for this built-up section of Randolph Township. For many years it was a bustling summer retreat for almost exclusively-Jewish residents of urban New Jersey and New York. Almost all the hotels and bungalow colonies are gone, but a few bungalows can still be spotted if one knows where to look.

This mountain is unnamed on modern maps, but is shown as Calais Mountain (Calais Road is still nearby) on circa-1905 topo maps.
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