Ascent of Manhattan High Point on 2015-12-13
|Date:||Sunday, December 13, 2015|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Motorized Transport to Trailhead:||Train|
|Peak:||Manhattan High Point|
| Location:||USA-New York|
| Elevation:||265 ft / 80 m|
Ascent Trip ReportThe thought of simple getting off a subway and tagging this unbearable. A business meeting in NYC on DEC 13th and the weather was 64 degrees! So I conjured up a long circuitous urban hike that took advantage of all the steep terrain in the area and actually visited 2 parks.
I got off the A subway after riding about 50 minutes from downtown near my hotel. I got off and was immediately confused which direction the park was. I meandered around the streets some in the wrong direction and enjoyed the hilly terrain but realized I was now several blocks NE of Bennett park and the trick is to find one of those allies that has a public stairs between the tall buildings. There is a wall of rock just east of the park that makes this tricky. The stairs I eventually found were at 187th street and climb nearly 100 feet to get me back on Fort Washington Ave. Then i headed back south and easily found the park and had to wait my turn to command the highpoint as kids were all over it! I photographed the plaque and then headed south down a cool set of steep stairs along Pinehurst to gain 181 st street to head to the Hudson.
181 Street dead-ends into another interesting rock cliff formation that divides the highways about 50 feet apart vertically. Turning right and heading north a short ways on the alley and you can follow the masses of bikes that use a narrow metal bridge cross over that takes you down past the Henry Hudson Pkwy and into the Fort Washington Park greenspace. Bikes and joggers everywhere. The trail system is steep and you can follow it down to the red historic lighthouse and take you photo at the edge of the Hudson where I called this spot my theoretical TH to climb back up. I payed around on some rocks overlooking the Hudson till I strayed into a homeless shanty near the railroad tracks and then opted to hanging more closely to the paved trail filled with friendly New Yorkers and their kids out bike riding. What a contrast though that straying about 40 yards off the trail can make in NY.
I hiked several different streets back up and tagged the county HP (Island HP too) one more time and then meandered my way back to the subway getting in over 4 miles of good for the heart walking and taking advantage of all the steep terrain I could find along the way.
This HP can be done, of course, with a simple walk from the subway station and back with far less effort, but on a beautiful day like today it was meant for a full meandering excursion to earn it. Plus having been hiking in my home state of flat, hot, FL one day earlier, even the rocky hills of Manhattan are a pleasant change.
|Summary Total Data|
| Total Elevation Gain:||495 ft / 149 m|
| Total Elevation Loss:||285 ft / 86 m|
| Round-Trip Distance:||4.1 mi / 6.6 km|
| Grade/Class:||1, 1+|
| Quality:||3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)|
| Route Conditions:||Road Hike, Maintained Trail, Bushwhack|
64 F in DEC crazy warm day
| Gain on way in:||400 ft / 121 m|
| Gain Breakdown:||Net: 260 ft / 79 m; Extra: 140 ft / 42m|
| Loss on way in:||140 ft / 42 m|
| Distance:||2.8 mi / 4.5 km|
| Route:||Urban meander see trip report|
| Start Trailhead:||Subway A at 181 to Hudson River Shore 5 ft / 1 m|
| Loss on way out:||145 ft / 44 m|
| Loss Breakdown:||Net: 50 ft / 15 m; Extra: 95 ft / 28m|
| Gain on way out:||95 ft / 28 m|
| Distance:||1.3 mi / 2.1 km|
| End Trailhead:||215 ft / 65 m|
|Ascent Part of Trip: NYC bagging|
Complete Trip Sequence:
Total Trip Gain: 1030 ft / 314 m Total Trip Loss: 765 ft / 233 m
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