Ascent of Smith Benchmark on 2012-06-18

Climber: Ben Lostracco

Others in Party:supported by Rose
Date:Monday, June 18, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Smith Benchmark
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1060 ft / 323 m

Ascent Trip Report

A bushwack in open woods ..... 200 yards, 10 minute RT.

There are 2 areas that contend for the HP, see Camp Beisler South for the other one.

After scaling Fox Hill we found our way to the community of Middle Valley on hwy 513 where we picked up Middle Valley Road. We drove this winding/hilly/somewhat-rough road generally west for 2.1 miles to a right on Califon Road, .68 miles to a left on Ascot Drive (Ascot Drive makes a large loop at its very top end). We drove Ascot Drive counter-clockwise for .85 miles and parked the van, right at the road's highest elevation in front of house #47. The maps show this spot (the top part of the loop) as being in Hunterdon County, house #47 in Morris County (?).

From driveway #47 I bushwacked a 225 degrees line less than 100 yards directly to the BM embedded in a rock, "US&G Survey, SMITH, 1935", no witness post. My GPS read 40.76943,-74.86199.
A beautiful open/mature/deciduous forest with rocky terrain.

I didn't see any County markings, but I must admit I didn't look for them. I knocked on the 2 near by homes, wanting to confirm if they are in Morris county, no one was home.

Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:25 ft / 7 m
    Total Elevation Loss:25 ft / 7 m
    Route Conditions:
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:25 ft / 7 m
    Distance:0.8 mi / 1.4 km
    Route:short bushwack from ascot drive
    Start Trailhead:Ascot Drive in Morris County  1035 ft / 315 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:25 ft / 7 m
    Route:short bushwack from ascot drive
    End Trailhead:Ascot Drive in Morris County  1035 ft / 315 m

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