Ascent of Hamburg Mountains High Point on 2022-01-26

Climber: Greg Slayden

Other People:Solo Ascent
Only Party on Mountain
Date:Wednesday, January 26, 2022
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

I did this hike in cold, snowy conditions, midweek in January, and had the place pretty much to myself.

As previous trip reports note, the best parking is on the left, just before the stone gate pillars at the top of Sand Pond Road. There are a ton of "No Trespassing" signs--however, if you walk through the gate and very shortly turn left on North Sand Pond Road, you are soon on NJ State Game Lands, so using the roads for hiking access seems plausible. See this map. The road takes you around the lake and then uphill, where you leave it for a short bushwhack (private land but not posted) to the 1495-foot spot elevation area.

I was fortunate to be able to walk in packed-snow treads from a Jeep that had driven the road. Once around the lake I left the road for the bushwhack uphill and I was postholing a bit through breakable crust--not super fun but manageable. The woods were quite open on this cold winter day. A number of rock humps mark the highest ground, and I touched all of them. LIDAR data shows that points 1480+ and 1476 nearby are lower and need not be visited.

While descending from the high point area back to the lake I heard a chainsaw away to the north. And while driving up the road, a truck was coming down and I had to go into a turnout in the narrow lane. Other than that, I didn't see or hear anyone else on this Wednesday morning.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:295 ft / 89 m
    Total Elevation Loss:295 ft / 89 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.3 mi / 3.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Bushwhack, Snow on Ground
    Weather:Cold, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:255 ft / 77 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 215 ft / 65 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Loss on way in:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:N Sand Pond Rd
    Start Trailhead:Sand Pond Rd Gate  1280 ft / 390 m
    Time:30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:255 ft / 77 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 215 ft / 65 m; Extra: 40 ft / 12m
    Gain on way out:40 ft / 12 m
    Distance:1.2 mi / 1.9 km
    Route:N Sand Pond Rd
    End Trailhead:Sand Pond Rd Gate  1280 ft / 390 m
    Time:30 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Greg Slayden
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