George Grzyb's ascents on 06/02/2012

Mount Fairway

Parking: Parking Area @ Mine Hill Road

Hiking Partners: N/A

Description: Bagged Mount Fairway, Oxford Mountain, County House Mountain, and Upper Pohatcong Mountain while hiking and geocaching across 10.7 miles Pequest & Rockport WMAs. The old woods roads were pretty much followed all the way to the summit. Only had to bushwhack in one area and it was quite thorny. On the way back picked up 2 rock cores.

Oxford Mountain

Parking: Parking Area @ New Jersey Route 31

Hiking Partners: N/A

Description: Bagged Mount Fairway, Oxford Mountain, County House Mountain, and Upper Pohatcong Mountain while hiking and geocaching across 10.7 miles Pequest & Rockport WMAs. Quite thorny and overgrown on the way to this summit. Picked up an old faint woods road and lost it in a few spots along the way. Nearly stepped on a box turtle as he was already hiding in its shell. Picked the little guy up, looked at him, and placed him off the path. Lots of hunting stands on the way to this one.

County House Mountain

Parking: Parking Area @ New Jersey Route 31

Hiking Partners: N/A

Description: Bagged Mount Fairway, Oxford Mountain, County House Mountain, and Upper Pohatcong Mountain while hiking and geocaching across 10.7 miles Pequest & Rockport WMAs. Continued on the way from Oxford Mountain by falling into Sykes Gap. Sure wish I had thought to bring hiking poles! Everything was rock slick from the overnight rain and overgrown. Eventually made it down to the gap and started up in earnest toward County House Mountain through mostly open woods. Eventually ran into the posted property and got close enough to see the tower and summit property. Ended up circling the nearby area within several score feet of the summit and took Jost road back to NJ Route 31. Thought this may have been a public right of way but alas the entrance near Tunnel Hill Road is posted as private. Not my favourite type of peakbagging.

Upper Pohatcong Mountain

Parking: Parking Area @ NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife Rockport Pheasant Farm

Hiking Partners: N/A

Description: Bagged Mount Fairway, Oxford Mountain, County House Mountain, and Upper Pohatcong Mountain while hiking and geocaching across 10.7 miles Pequest & Rockport WMAs. Took a look at the various pheasant that were not hiding and made my way via the woods road to the Overlook. Then I followed various wood roads staying to the side and between various posted signs. Think I ended up making it safely to the summit without crossing anything suspect. However, on the way back made the mistake of thinking the powerline right of way hit Rockport Road. Nope, about 800 feet away it just stopped. Looking down I clearly saw planted fields right under the power lines! Ended up bushwhacking and side hilling until finding a patch of forest to take to Rockport Road. Pretty sure I may have crossed something suspect but going back the way I came was not an option at this point. Luckily whatever I passed looked quite condemned and possibly even owned by the WMA at this point. After making it back to the car went for a stroll to the train wreck disaster memorial.