Ascent of Hamburg Mountains High Point on 2011-08-22

Climber: Edward Earl

Others in Party:Michael Schwartz -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Monday, August 22, 2011
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

The Hamburg Mtns compete with the Bearfort Mtns in Passaic county (and with Taylor Mtn in NY) for the same prominence; hence it wins the county prominence only if it wins the rivalry AND has more prominence than the state HP, also in Sussex county.

I had the pleasure of doing this one with the venerable Mike Schwartz who knows his NJ summits better than anyone else who ever lived. We headed N from NJ-23 on CR-517 for 1.5 miles before turning R (E) on Sand Pond Rd, which we followed for a little over a mile to a slabby pullout on the R just before a gate where the pavement ends. We parked here.

We hiked around the gate, immediately after which the road forks. Taking the L fork, we followed the road across the S flank of point 1480+ for about 5 minutes hiking time, until an unmapped woods road branched L. We followed this road until it reached the saddle between point 1480+ and point 1476. From there it was a short, straightforward bushwhack to the summit of point 1480+.

We then retraced our path back to the saddle and continued on to point 1476, using a hunting road for much of the distance. We continued on to point 1495, crossing a woods road at the saddle in between. A 10 minute bushwhack brought us to a few flat slabs, the highest of which is the Hamburg Mtns HP.

To return to our vehicles, we returned to the saddle between point 1476 and point 1495, then followed the road southwestward until a swamp where it turned L and headed farther S than we wished to go. We then left the road and traveled cross-country until we intercepted another road that traversed the S flank of point 1476. We followed this road westward until it reached the road that provides access to the homes on Lake Wildwood. From there it was an easy walk back to our vehicles.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:395 ft / 120 m
    Total Elevation Loss:395 ft / 119 m
    Round-Trip Distance:2.5 mi / 4 km
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Open Country, Bushwhack
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:395 ft / 120 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 195 ft / 59 m; Extra: 200 ft / 60m
    Loss on way in:200 ft / 60 m
    Distance:1.5 mi / 2.4 km
    Start Trailhead:Sand Pond gate  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time:40 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:195 ft / 59 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    End Trailhead:Sand Pond gate  1300 ft / 396 m
    Time:20 Minutes

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