Ascent of High Point on 2018-06-22

Climber: Lori S

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Friday, June 22, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:High Point
    Location:USA-New Jersey
    Elevation:1803 ft / 549 m

Ascent Trip Report

Paid $10.00 to enter the park as I was out of state. Went to the visitor center and was assured the trail was easy to follow. Hiked the Monument Trail from the parking area near the Interpretive Center. Followed the red and green markers. Not a strenuous hike at any point (reviews call it moderate to difficult, but coming from the Adirondack area, it is comparatively easy). Some rocky areas, but never difficult. Saw many wildflowers, chipmunks and 2 deer. Reached the monument and climbed it, which in my opinion was a waste of time. There was an attendant at the entrance and some historical information. Aside from that, the stairs were just that....stairs. The windows were small and dirty, so very little to see. Better views from the areas outside. I asked the monument attendant where the summit geomarker was but he didn't know, aside from "there are 3 of them somewhere). A park worker said there was one "somewhere". After looking 3 times, I did find one on the rocky section straight ahead out from the monument door. Nice bathrooms and plastic bags supplied to carry out. I asked three park attendants at the summit which way to head down the loop and they pointed me in the right direction (maps were available, I forgot the one given to me earlier, which didn't matter. More were at the summit and on signs, plus I had my GPS). Anyhow, as I neared the end of the loop back, the Monument Trail merged with the Shawangunk trail and the red/green markers either suddenly disappeared or I missed something. Met an AT hiker at an observation deck, talked awhile, offered whatever she needed (nothing, she said). She pointed me towards the office area. Headed that way until I was left squeezing along the wrong side of Lake Marcia until I could go no further and scooted up the rocks and brush to the road, which was almost 2 miles from the parking lot. Back at the office, I met two more AT hikers, offered them food and stuff. They only asked for moral support! Left some clothes I found along the trail, snacks and band aids in the AT hiker box and called it a day.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Overcast

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