Ascent of Laurel Hill on 2010-01-24

Climber: Michael Schwartz

Date:Sunday, January 24, 2010
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Laurel Hill
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:150 ft / 45 m

Ascent Trip Report

From NJ-3 take the Meadowlands Parkway exit and follow the Parkway for about two miles as it wanders past outlets and railroad tracks for about two miles. Turn right at New County Road which leads to the Laurel Hill Park. There is no access to the hill from the park, as it is fenced off and cliffy from the park side. Park at a large gravel pullout, often frequented by idling trucks, as the main road bears right and before the park entrance sign. From the rear of the pullout area, hike the dirt road that usually has a cable across it (ignore the more prominent gravel road to the right) that leads to a small quarrying operation at the north end of the hill. Walk through the quarry and follow your nose, using a combination of dirt roads and trails to get onto the hill. Once you start climbing in earnest, the way is fairly obvious. Be careful higher up, as there is some scrambling required on good rock, but with dangerous dropoffs below. Highest ground is obvious at the southern end of the hill. Nice views in all directions.

Alternate and probably easier approach: From the NJ Turnpike, take exit 15X, follow the extremely long exit ramp, turn left at New County Road, and go a little over a mile to the large gravel pullout described above.
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