Added climbing as a newly acquired skill on Whitehall Hill. Didnt see the trail until the way out so I bushwhacked the whole way. Scaled some rock faces on the way up and came out right where the overlook is. The overlook with the patio, seats, and a picnic table that is very much on private land as far as I could tell. Did not go back down the way I came, went out towards 206 and finally picked up the green trail about a tenth of a mile from parking. Nice mountain though I enjoyed the climb next time with a helmet
Parked on North Shore Road, just off Rte. 206. Took the rail-trail (it's official name is the Sussex Branch Trail) to the green trail. Stayed
on the green trail only a short distance, as it seemed to be going down and away from the summit. Bushwhacked uphill to a line of posted signs. Paralleled the signs until they stopped, then climbed up on a faint trail through the rocks.
On top, saw no posted signs, and found the road, the picnic table, and the "Pete and Queen" sign.
Decided to follow the road down, as I had time to kill, and figured it had to come out on 206 somewhere. About 2/3 of the way down, I walked into the yard of a large house, and the road became a driveway. I didn't want to go back up, so decided to continue, and play dumb (not always a stretch) if someone questioned my presence there. No one came along, and the large gate at the bottom was open.
From there it was about 1/2 mile on the rail-trail to my car.
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Parked in the small area on the right of North Shore Road right near the junction of Route 206. Took the multiuse trail near the road to the green trail. Turned right and hiked the green trail until I HAD to turn up the hill. Caught another woods road and the left it for the final ascent. Saw no POSTED signs but heard voices as I approached the high point. Got permission from one of the owners (Pete?) To hike to the high point AND take pictures from the viewpoint. Back the way we came. Headed for the Tornfell.
I followed the green path to its end, and then followed it back until there was a break in the private property signs and more or less tried to scale my way up the vertical backside of it (the east/northeast side, I think). Was quite difficult and fairly challenging, but fun. At the top, found a patio with a picnic table, porch chair and matching table, and a large wood block that had "Pete and the Queen" inscribed into it. There's a very nice road that goes right over top of the mountain, but it seemed to be curving vaguely north-ish, and since I was parked south and had a time commitment I didn't follow it. Would be a dead easy way to climb up if you could find its source.
Parked at a pull off on North Shore Road just south of Route 206. Followed and old railroad bed northwest for .15 miles to a green blazed trail. Turned south on the green blazed trail heading uphill towards Whitehall Hill following along the posted private property signs.
Seems the summit high point is posted.
Headed back out the same way following my boot tracks in the snow. Nice erratics and cliifs throughout the woods. Also nice picinic table up top ???