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I approached the summit from the west side. Howard Boulevard, north of I-80, passes through a commercial area, then climbs steeply up the hill of Mount Arlington.
The road shown on the topo that heads east from Howard Boulevard to within a quarter mile of the summit is Larson Lane. Unfortunately, access to the woods at road's end is blocked by private property. The key is to enter the unnamed road lower down the hill signed for the Berkshire Valley Wildlife Management Area (WMA). It ends at a large parking area that gives access to a network of old woods roads and trail. The parking lot is visible on aerial photos and is located just below the letter "d" in the "Pond" of Dunlap Pond on the topo.
From the parking lot, take the trail uphill toward the NE. It soon joins a woods road, and shortly thereafter reaches a four-way junction. Continue straight ahead at that junction and follow the woods road for about a half-mile, all the way to summit, gaining about 250 feet. The summit is marked by a three-foot high boulder and contains the four concrete footings of a long-gone tower. I surmise the woods road was the old access road for the tower. The route passes along the margins of posted private property, but I believe it stays inside the WMA.
From the center of Sparta, take Main Street east and cross under NJ-15. Take an almost immediate right turn onto Glen Road/CR-620. Go uphill 0.2 miles to a tricky left turn onto a road signed for Sparta Glen, a park area. Take this 0.3 miles to a large parking area on the right (N 41.03937 X W 74.61890). A dirt road heads uphill on the opposite side, just a few feet downhill from the parking area. Hike the dirt road uphill to a junction, turn right, then mostly sidehill to another junction, which is taken left and steeply uphill. Follow the trail to a couple of steep, rocky sections, requiring some scrambling, and reach the flattish upper mountain. Follow your nose and GPS to a slight summit bump, only a few feet off the trail. Good winter views of Lake Mohawk and Morris Lake. About 450 feet gain.
From CR-513, 0.2 miles north of the Marcella Community Center, bear NE onto Timberbrook Road. After 0.2 miles on Timberbrook, I parked at the cemetery and church and bushwhacked 0.35 miles from there. I believe it's easier to continue on Timberbrook, turn right onto Durham, and park alongside the woods, from where it is also about a 1/3 mile bushwhack to the summit. Timberbrook gets within 0.17 miles of the summit, but private property intervenes.
Note that this report includes the ascent of a neighboring 1480+ bump in addition to the 1495' bump.
For the two possible Hamburg Mountain highpoints, starting from the northern junction of NJ 23 and CR 517, go north on CR 517 for 1.6 miles. Turn right (E) onto Sand Pond Road, and drive 1.2 miles on the progressively rougher, but passable to passenger cars, road to a substantial pulloff on the right, just before a posted, but usually open, gate. The gate is at the fork of two track roads shown on the Hamburg 7.5' topo just west of Lake Wildwood.
The lake and surrounding developments are private property, but the road to the north, taken from the fork just beyond the gate, is at the edge of a state wildlife management area, whose signs can be seen in the woods just north of the road. Follow the road to a fork (not shown on the map) due south of the westernmost 1480+ ft. knob, then head NE on a woods road not shown on the topo. When the mood strikes, bushwhack up the obvious knob to a poorly defined summit. From there, I bushwhacked ESE to spot elevation 1476', then bushwhacked SSE to spot elevation 1495', the second prominence point. I was there in March, but woods are fairly open, and the bushwhacking should not be too bad, even in summer. Distance between each of the knobs is about 1/3 mile. To return, drop into the saddle between s.e. 1476 and 1495 and take a woods road downhill a short way, then head WNW along the base of the 1476' knob until you pick up a woods road heading west that ends before reaching the road between knobs 1476 and 1495. Soon the lake comes into view, and you will drop down along the NW shore and pick up the road leading back to the parking area. The entire circuit should take about 1 1/2 hours, tops.
You will see some generic postings as you hike from knob to knob, and apparently private property and the wildlife management area intermingle. Based on my experience in NJ, I do not think that hikers will attract much negative attention.
To reach this summit, drive 0.6 miles north of the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation picnic area entrance on Weldon Road to a gated entrance to a former ski area. This is now an undeveloped section of the reservation and is open to hiking. Park near the gate and hike across the large open area toward the mountain. Drop down slightly at the end of the open area and take any of several old ski trails or jeep roads directly up Bowling Green Mountain. The jeep road I took crested the mountain very near the summit, which I thought was a large, climbable boulder just off the crest. Hike to the summit takes about 15-20 minutes.
Note that summit is some 150 yards into the woods via an easy bushwhack from the sign.
Exact date unknown. Climbed sometime in 1970s.