Ascent of Green Hill on 2011-12-16

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Friday, December 16, 2011
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Green Hill
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:835 ft / 254 m

Ascent Trip Report

I parked at a curve on the downhill side of Stag Hill Road at N 41.10144 W 74.18090, almost due east of the "B" in the word Brook on the 7.5' topo, and 0.39 miles from the summit. Cross the stream and start uphill. See a large drainage with a prominent spur on its left side and a visible notch where it meets the skyline. You want to head for the left side of the large spur on the left side of the large drainage, which puts you into the smaller drainage that leads to the NE end of the summit ridge. A very faint but usually visible path climbs the drainage and eases the bushwhack through open woods. Once the drainage tops out, see the very prominent summit ridge to your right and hike along its eastern side. There are numerous ramps leading onto the ridge, which eventually cliffs out and becomes inaccessible until the extreme SW end, from where it can also be ascended.

The true summit is a ten-foot high boulder that requires Class 3 scrambling. Someone younger, lighter, and nimbler than I might muscle up from a nearby rock, or friction climb the "NW Arete,", but I was forced to pile dead logs on the nearby boulder, which gave me the extra couple of feet needed to muscle up the "West Face." Pretty cool summit for an 835' hill, with excellent views of the area and a clear look at the Manhattan skyline, over 25 miles distant.

I investigated the road shown on the topo that heads west from Stag Hill Road and tops out near spot elevation 787'. It's a paved driveway leading to a private home.
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