Kristin's ascents on 11/14/2021

Hasenclever Hill

We parked at ringwood manor and took the yellow blazed Hasenclever Iron Trail. After passing under some power lines, we turned right following the recently rerouted section of the Hasenclever Iron Trail along a utility road (the old closed portion of the trail goes left at the intersection and goes past the Peter’s Mine superfund site). The new section of trail passes Hope Mine which is up a side trail to the left of the road. After passing the mine, we followed the yellow trail for another half mile and turned right onto an unmarked trail. We followed this trail until we lost it and bushwhacked our way up to the summit of Hasenclever Hill easily finding the large Boulder that marks the summit. We then went West following the park regulation signs and pale yellow blazing that mark the state line border and this lead us to the large rocky outcrop of the Black Rock Lookout point which did not disappoint! Even though it was Sunday, we saw a few hunters on the NJ side, so wear bright colors when hiking in hunting season especially since this hike involves bushwhacking and skirting the NY border where I think hunting is allowed every day of the week in season. I should have been wearing brighter clothes and had some orange on my dog as well, but thankfully we made it back the way we came without any issues. The unmarked trail portions of this hike would most likely be very overgrown in the summer.