Peakbagging Page for Brian Brigham

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  • Ascent List: List of Brian Brigham's hikes, climbs, summits, and attempts.
  • Peak List: List of distinct summits attained, with peak statistics. Includes a peak's "Personal Isolation".
  • List of Lists: Peakbagging Lists that Brian Brigham is pursuing, showing progress for each list by number and percent of peaks climbed.
  • Trip Report Index: Same as the main climb list, but only showing climbs with trip reports and/or GPS Tracks.
  • Unsuccessful Ascent List: A badge of honor for real climbers--lessons learned when turning back.
  • Multiple Ascents List: A listing of all peaks climbed more than once.
  • Progressive Peak List: Time-ordered progressive lists for eight different metrics.
  • Master Peak Map: Interactive worldwide map showing all peaks climbed, color-coded by elevation or prominence.

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I’m a graduate student and father of a 3-year old living in NYC. This has necessitated lowering my ambition to bag peaks. Luckily, my little boy loves being outdoors and can hike up to 2 miles at a time and about 4 miles in one day given enough time. He has completed the listed hikes below either under his own power, on my back, or most likely a combination (and in a few cases in his Mom’s belly). In the foreseeable future I have the modest goals of completing the hikes in the following guidebooks with my family:

60 hikes within 60 miles, Christopher and Catherine Brooks, NY-NJ Trail Conference
Day Walker, 32 Hikes in the New York Metropolitan Area, American Hiking Society

Below is information for my record keeping, but if you’re interested - enjoy.

Best NYC hikes with toddlers

1) Fire Island (Sayville, NY) - easy
2) What I am calling the New Jersey "Swampies". All three areas (ranked below) are great for 2 - 5 year olds. Within you will find boardwalks, bridges, ramps, boardwalks, birds, blinds, boardwalks - did I mention the boardwalks.
A. Cheesequake (Matawan, NJ) - moderate
B. Great Swamp Wilderness Trail (Summit, NJ) - easy
C. Shark River Circuit (Neptune, NJ) - easy < same as above>
3) Hook Mountain (Nyack) - difficult
4) Storm King (Cornwall) – very difficult
5) Clay Pits Connector (Staten Island) - easy
6) Teatown Triple (Ossining) - easy

60 hikes within 60 miles, Christopher and Catherine Brooks, NY-NJ Trail Conference
<37/60 complete – 62%>

1 – Blue Mountain Twin
Fall, average hike with no views if peaks aren't reached, need to return to tag summit. Note: Map in the guidebook has significant errors, use site map instead.
Spring, good hike with some views, great playground/lake area for kids, wouldn't return a 3rd time
2 - Butler Outer loop trail
Winter, 12-24 inches of compacted snow on ground, mediocre hike with no views, had fun planning in the snow, wouldn't return
4 – Fishkill Ridge Trail
Early fall, great hike with very good views, too hard to be enjoyable with kids, wouldn’t return
6 – Hudson Highlands Breakneck Ridge Loop
Summer, easy scramble with good views, wife was pregnant, very hard for kids but would love the scrambling, would return
7 - Mianus River Gorge Trail
Fall, good hike with good views, interesting obstacles/sites for kids, probably wouldn't return
8 – Pelham Bay Island Loops
Summer, enjoyable hike with some good views of the sound, great for kids but very crowed (found discarded dime bags of various drugs in large numbers just slightly off trail), still would return
9 - Rockefeller Medley
Fall(2015), good hike in close proximity to Swan Lake but no views from the surround hills, good for kids with many birds to watch, would return to visit west side
10 – Teatown Triple
Winter (snow on ground/lake frozen), enjoyable hike with good views of the lake, boardwalks over marshy areas, and is great for kids, would return
11 - Ward Pound Ridge Star Loop
Fall (2015), enjoyable hike with good fall colors, playground for kids in many areas but not enough points of interest to keep his interest, would return to explore southern part of the park, during fall or possible during summer to camp
12 – Westchester Wilderness Walk
Summer, average hike with no views, some obstacles/wetlands for kids, wouldn’t return
17 - Harriman Highland Trails
Spring, great hike with some views, good rocks for children to scramble on once on the plateau, would return
18 – Schunemunk Mountain Ridge Loop
Summer, great hike with great views, wife was pregnant, probably too difficult for most kids, wouldn’t return
19 – Storm King Summit Trail
Fall, awesome hike with great views, saw several eagles/hawks, very difficult with kids but worth it, one of the best hikes in close proximity to NYC, would return
20 – Tors Thunder Tour
Fall, (2009) great hike with okay views, saw a family of white-tailed deer, a few easy scrambles for kids, would return
21 - Caleb Smith Full Circuit
Winter (2015), okay hike which we did with 3-4 inches of snow, this made it more interesting with some snow activities (wouldn't return)
22 - Caumsett Neck Loop
Summer (2014), good hike with good views of long island sound, went swimming at beach with family with zero other people there, some historical building, would return
23 – Clay Pit Ponds Connector
Late Fall (2014), fantastic hike for kids with many boardwalks and lazy streams to explore, would return
24 - Connetquot Continuum
Late Summer (2015), great hike for kids with water and many buildings to explore, wouldn't return
25 – David Weld Sanctuary Tour
Summer (2014), average hike with good views of the sound, some very steep drop-off you have to be careful of with kids, wouldn’t return
26 – Great Kills Crooke’s Point Labyrinth
Winter (2014), average hike with good views of the harbor, great for kids, would return to experience a warmer season
27 – Jamaica Bay West Pond Trail (2X)
Summer (2014), average hike with good views of JB, great for kids, would return to do east pond
Spring (2014), average hike but great for some children, animals galore including birds (all kinds), insects, and more, would reutrn
28 – Muttontown Mystery Trail (2X)
Spring (2014), average hike with no views, good for kids with lakes and ruins of King Zog’s estate(which are worth exploring), would return
Spring (2015), explored King Zog's estate again, three year old loved that part, would return
29 – Sunken Meadow to Nissequogue River Trail
Winter (2013), good hike with good views of the sound, boardwalks and hills to explore for kids, would return to see in different season
30 – Uplands Farm Loop
Spring (2013), average hike with no views, good for kids but lacks any wilderness feel, wouldn’t return
31 – Walt Whitman Sampler (Jaynes Peak)
Winter (2013), average hike with no views, although this hike is much more interesting then the drive up to high point (directions @, good for kids with playground at the start, wouldn’t return
34 – High Mountain summit Loop
Spring, good hike with excellent views of NYC and north jersey, hike is okay for kids, wouldn’t return
35 – High Point Duet
Summer, okay hike with limited views of surrounding lakes, not good for kids due to difficulty and extreme amount of ticks, wouldn’t return
40 - Sterling Ridge Trail
Fall, good hike with limited views of Sterling Lake, had a 6 story firetower on top which my son loved, would return to do southern section or more hikes around the lake
44 - Wawayanda Way Way Yonda
Spring, okay hike with good views of ponds and valleys between ridges, not great for kids due to difficulty, would return to see more areas
48 – Cheesequake Natural Area Trail
Winter, great hike that explores a wetland area with tons of boardwalks, bridges, etc…, excellent for kids, would return
49 - Great Swamp Wilderness Trail (2X)
Winter, Fall great hike that explores a wetland area with tons of boardwalks, blinds, and easy bird viewing, excellent for kids, would return
51 – Jenny Jump Ghost Lake Loop
Spring, good hike that has views of ghost lake and limited views of west jersey, good for kids, wouldn’t return
53 - Sandy Hook
Summer, good number of little hikes off the bike trail, good views of NYC skyline from North trail, good for kids, wouldn't return (access is either difficult or expensive)
Winter <2016>, Great hike that criss cross many streams within a wetland with tons of boardwalks, excellent for kids would return
56 - Watchung Sierra Sample
Spring, okay hike with limited views albeit with interesting gorge, huge playground for kids, wouldn't return (would return if it wasn't located in a traffic black hole)
57 - Babcock Circumference Trail
Early Spring, okay hike with easy trails for kid but not much interesting sites, wouldn't return
60 - Weir Pond and Swamp Loops
Winter (2015), 24+ inches of snow on ground, okay hike which was more challenging with all the snow, wouldn't return

Day Walker, 32 Hikes in the New York Metropolitan Area, American Hiking Society
<27/32 complete – 83%>
1 – Alley Pond Park (5X)
Spring/Winter/Fall/Summer (2012-2015), average hike with views of ponds/wetlands with a few boardwalks (north side), good for kids with a playground on the south trail, will return due to close proximity to NYC
2 – Jamaica Bay (see above)
3 - Staten Island Green Belt
Fall (2015), okay hike with no views but some quasi-interesting sites including a ravine and some High Rock Park camp building. In close proximity to a carousel and playground. May return to due to close proximity to NYC and explore northern/western areas
4 – Riverside Park
Summer (2009), good “hike” with views of the Hudson and Grant’s bizarre mausoleum, will return due to close proximity to NYC
5 - Van Cortland Park
Spring (2015), good "hike" with views of the city from a couple vantage places, also had wetland boardwalk and nice playground for the kids, will return to explore north areas of the park
6 – Pelham Bay Park (see above)
7 - Fire Island - Sunken Forest (2X)
Spring/Summer (2015), excellent hike with board walks and a relatively empty and pristine beach, perfect for kids, only drawback is the required ferry trip and associated schedule/steep prices, would return
8 - Connetquot River State Park Reserve (see above)
9 - Caumsett State Park (see above)
10 – Muttontown Preserve (see above)
12 - Old Croton Aqeduct
Winter (2016), okay hike done with 2 inches of snow on the ground, spent most time at Croton Gorge Park at northern end, unsure why this isn't included in any guidebook but within there is 200 ft high damn with waterfall that interested my son, may return to do southern portions
13 - Mianus River Gorge (see above)
14- Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (see above)
15 - Rockefeller State Park Preserve (see above)
16 – Blue Mountain Reservation (see above)
17 – Teatown Lake (see above)
18 – Hook Mountain
Fall, excellent hike with excellent views of the Hudson and Tappan Zee Brige, saw many eagles, hawks and other birds, difficult but worth it with kids, would return
19 - Pine Meadow Mountain (2X)
Spring (2014), okay (and very popular) hike that meanders along a stream for its duration, some kids might like the stream but mine was non-plussed, would return to explore eastern and or southern area of this region
21 - Bear Mountain
Spring (2013), excellent hike with great views, difficult but worth it with kids, many little scrambles and sites, would return
23 - Canada Hill
Fall (2014), okay hike with limited views of the Hudson, hiked through art preserve at bottom, wouldn't return
24 - Bull Hill
Spring (2014), good hike with very good views, difficult but worth it with kids but no fun obstacles, some interesting ruins, wouldn't return
25 - Breakneck Ridge (see above)
26 – Crows Nest and Storm King (see above)
27 - The Palisades (2X)
Summer (2014), good hike with good views of the Hudson, would return to do giant stair sections again
Summer (2015), ok hike right on Hudson, some views of Yonkers, would return to do more southern areas
29 – Patterson/Garrett Mountain
Fall (2013), mediocre hike with some views of central jersey, okay for kids with some ponds, very crowded, wouldn’t return
30 - Watchung Reservation (see above)
31 – Cheesequake State Park (see above)


AMC'S Best day Hikes Near New York City, Daniel Case, AMC Books, 27/50 <54%>

16-Turkey Mountain
Fall (2015), good hike up to decent lookout, good length for toddler, better in fall/winter/spring for views, wouldn't return
38 - Massapequa Preserve
Fall (2015), okay hike through Forest and adjacent to Massapequa lake, my son loved the birds in the lake, wouldn't return
40 - Manneto Hills
Winter (2016), mediocre hike with not much to recommend (don't know how this makes a "best" day hike book review), wouldn't return

Take a Hike New York City: 80 Hikes within 2 hours of Manhattan, Skip Card, Avalon Books, 29/80 <36%>
3,2 - Fire Tower Loop
Fall (2015) great hike up to firetower with good views, facilities around Sterling Lake are top notch which my son enjoyed, would return

Fun on Foot in New York, Warwick and Nola FOrd, Wyltan, 20/many


Quick Top 10 Lists/Peaks

Most Complete Lists
List% Complete
Delaware County High Points33.3
Island CoHPs26.9
San Diego 100 Peaks List24
Northeast USA Drainage Basin High Points22.2
Selected World City High Points16.7
New York County High Points16.1
New Jersey County High Points14.3
U.S. State Park High Points14.3
Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" Peaks12.5
Atlantic Ocean U.S. Island High Points10.3
Highest Peaks Climbed
Pikes Peak14110USA-CO
San Jacinto Peak10839USA-CA
Kettle Peak10004USA-CA
Tahquitz Peak8846USA-CA
Toro Peak8716USA-CA
Mount Williamson8214USA-CA
Suicide Rock7528USA-CA
Spitler Peak7440USA-CA
Thomas Mountain6825USA-CA
Moro Rock6725USA-CA
Most Prominent Peaks Climbed
San Jacinto Peak8319USA-CA
Mount Washington6148USA-NH
Pikes Peak5510USA-CO
Toro Peak3996USA-CA
Cuyamaca Peak2855USA-CA
Thomas Mountain1945USA-CA
San Gabriel Peak1561USA-CA
Volcan Mountain1559USA-CA
Cadillac Mountain1528USA-ME
Woodson Mountain1454USA-CA


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