Ascent of Bearfort Mountain on 2012-06-15

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Friday, June 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Bearfort Mountain
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

A tough trail/bushwack to 6 Areas..... 4.6 miles, 4h30 hours RT.

I used Greg Slayden's GPS track which is nicely described by Michael Schwartz's 3 TRs. All still applies today except the Red Trail route that I found (per below) when descending from the 3 Areas southwest of Terrace Pond is perhaps the easier/shorter approach to the summit area of these Areas.

I have numbered the Areas in accordance with PB's List and visited them as listed below.
As Michael notes bushwacking/visiting these areas is not only time consuming but difficult and tough, the numerous rocky sharp ridges and the vegetation makes for a rough hike. My estimated total hike of 4.6 miles RT took over 4h30 hours.

THREE AREAS SOUTHWEST OF TERRANCE POND ... I had to walk to numerous ridge tops before chosing my spots, tough going.
AREA 2 .... I attained the rocky ridge from the the south side Yellow Trail as per the TRs, chose the rocky ridge with a cairn, GPS 41.13669,-74.39793.
AREA 3 .... GPS 41.13682,-74.39778.
AREA 1 .... Chose my spot at a rocky ridge with a cairn, GPS 41.13713,-74.39781. I could not see the Pond from these Areas.
On the descend I started out backtracking my ascending route only to come across the Red Trail, so I decided to follow it down to the White Trail. This is a much easier/shorter route to these Areas ....
As Michael writes "The White Trail cuts into the woods half-way down the lake shore. Take it to the junction with the Yellow Trail." I did exactly this however about 50 yards after entering the woods I passed/ignored the Red Trail on the right. I descended to this junction and the distance to the summit area is only 300-400 yards. It brings you within 100 yards of the 3 Areas.

The blue trail passes to the west side of these Areas ..... at the crest of the trail I found a pink blazed herd path on the right side that leads 40 yards to Area 4.
AREA 4 .... I found both BMs, the northern one being 50 feet away, My GPS at the south BM 41.14060,-74.39166. There is another rocky ridge further north that I believe contends for the HP (I didn't have my eye level).
AREA 5 .... To get to this area I followed the rough rocky ridge 100 yards south from Area 4, then descended/ascended east 40-50 yards in some rough stuff. I found a cairn and a small 3/8" diameter rod embedded in rock, but no circular orange blaze as reported. My GPS 41.13978,-74.39124.

AREA 6 .... The route given by Michael in his March/2004 TR is the way to go, an excellent route. I was on rocky/knife-edges ridges most of the way, the odd cairn helps to mark the way. At about 400 yards I came to a fairly large cairn and just beyond on the right a pink blazed herd path leads directly to the summit. 2 rocky ridges 30 yards apart contend for the HP .... my GPS at the my chosen spot with a cairn 41.14408,-74.39371.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1280 ft / 389 m
    Extra Gain:450 ft / 137 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.6 mi / 7.4 km
    Route:blue/white/yellow/red trs + bushwacks to 6 areas
    Trailhead:TH parking on Clinton Road  1100 ft / 335 m
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack

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