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Parked at N 40 48.769 W 074 58.265, and took the woods road up, bearing right at the 2nd split (the first one rejoins in about 200 yards), following it until about .25 mi from the summit, before bushwhacking the rest of the way. Once there, went in a straight line down the steep side before ascending back up toward County House. While there wasn't much overall distance, this one had a high degree of whacking difficulty due to stickers and steepness on the way to the 2nd summit.
Parked at N 40 48.769 W 074 58.265, and from here you can take the woods road and bear left at the two splits, which will take you relatively close to the summit. In our case, we did Oxford first, and then straight-line whacked to CH before taking the woods road back out. We got about 250' from the summit before turning away at the posted signs, as it's not quite like failing that close to the top of Everest. If you do this solo, it would be supremely easy, but combining it with Oxford and the subsequent whack it was a bit nasty with tons of rocks and stickers.
Parked at N 40 47.321 W 074 59.441, then found a very small herd path to the right of the larger woods road (that has posted signs). Took that up for a short while before alternating on a combination of woods roads and bushwhacking before hitting the paved road that goes to the actual tower summit. Got sliced up by a lot of stickers, as even the woods roads were overgrown in many places. Also picked up the first pair of ticks of the season.
Without a lot of well-written intel on this one, we started off whacking behind the parking area by the gate until we found a woods road, and followed that around the south side of the lake. Had to detour a bit to avoid a swamp, but once on the summit, we decided to walk out on the woods road before hitting the private road. It wasn't well-posted, so by the time we realized we were off the state land, we were 2 minutes from the parking lot anyway.
Super easy up and down today with a beautiful view from a little below the summit
Ugh, one of those peaks you'd only do if it's on a list of some sort. There was at least a nice view part-way up, but mostly just a grinder of a climb that fortunately wasn't super long.
Beautiful hike today on all trails, which was nice. Went with the dog, who loved it as much as I did. Saw a black bear near the TH on the way back, and got some gorgeous long-range views of NYC near the summit.
Great weather for hiking today, so we took the trek from the park's parking lot, and through to the fire tower, which afforded some long-range views to NYC today.
Not the greatest summit, but the rock outcrop nearby gave up a pretty view of the lake below.
Needed to clear my head from some heavy personal baggage, so a coworker dragged me out for a quick hike. In spite of the quickly rising temperatures, we were able to knock this out in short order via the wide, easy trails, with only a couple hundred feet of bushwhacking to the true summit.
With a rare dual day off of work, we decided to run by and grab a hiking permit, even thought it's only good for 2 more weeks. Along with the dog, we walked the blue trail lakeside until it went past the rocks, then bushwhacked up to the woods road. We took that almost all the way to the summit, which required just a short (200' or so) whack to the top.
Took advantage of the hiking permit to knock out the 2nd of the three requiring it. Great hike, very leisurely ascent on well-maintained trails all the way to the fire tower. Didn't go up beyond the 2nd story, as the winds and cold were fairly brutal even a short way up the tower.
Followed the path to the top on an unusually warm day for late October. Not an exciting summit, but a nice hike for some exercise.
Took the trail off of the split from Allamuchy until it started to go away, then bushwhacked the rest to the top.
Followed the marked blue trail to the scenic overlook and then the gold trail until it was about a quarter-mile from the summit, then bushwhacked to the top. Whacked our way straight down until we crossed the blue trail and then followed that back to the truck.