William Maurer (Hoosier)'s Ascent of Buck Mountain (Kinnelon) (1060 feet)
Trip Report: Started from a driveway leading to a Newark Watershed building just to the south of the railroad overpass on old Route 23. Noticed no way to cross the Pequannock River safely so I used a very hairy railroad bridge to gain access to the far side. Left the railroad after crossing over the river and headed up thru open woods to a very huge rock. Climbed up the Northern knob thru heavy mountain laurel and some massive boulders. Started snowing heavily at this point. Dropped south into a col with the back of homes visable to the east. Headed up the high points cone and picked what appeared to be the highest point out of three distinct high point outcroppings. Looked to be some views to the east if it was not close to whiteout conditions. Headed back to the col and followed a woods road for a bit to the northwest and then skirted below large rock outcrops back to the huge roack and eventually the railroad tracks. once againg crossing over the sketchy bridge. No walkway, no railings, and open ties. A quick 1.6 mile long trek to start the day. Left the camera in my Jeep once again.