Ascent of Manhattan High Point on 2008-06-24

Climber: Micah Schneider

Others in Party:Aimee Bouchard
Date:Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Manhattan High Point
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:265 ft / 80 m

Ascent Trip Report

According to, there are two candidates for HP of Manhattan county. The first is the former site of Fort Washington, in Bennett Park, in the Washington Heights part of NYC. It is marked with a plaque stating it is the official highpoint of Manhattan, and is the point this website uses. The second is in nearby Fort Tryon Park, an unnamed hill marked by a large flagpole, not far from the Cloisters.

We visited both sites. Needless to say, the distance between the two points and the intervening buildings makes it impossible to visually compare the two sites. However, my GPS unit, which was working quite well despite the high buildings, indicated that the Bennett Park candidate was 310 feet (note this is higher than the official number), while the Fort Tryon point was only 290 (also higher, but not as high as the first point). This seems to back up the claim on the plaque (which, according to the inscription, may have been placed by the USGS), but until more precise measuring devices are available, for the purposes of county highpointing, visiting both sites will continue to be necessary.
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Road Hike

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