Visited Long Hill while doing maintenance on the Overlook Rock trail.
Started from the pheasant farm near Rockport. Bushwhacked up to the top of the ridge on WMA land and stumbled across a driveway. Totally surprised by this so I headed north through the woods and followed the JCPL land boundary towards the summit. Passed across some powerlines along the way. Eventually made it to the summit contour. It appears that the Pohatcong benchmark is on WMA land but the very very high point is on private land. I didn't go any further but I was satisfied that I "made it to the top" since I was probably less than a few vertical feet from the highest point.
Started out by Ghost Lake on Shades of Death Road and bushwhacked around the lake to its southwest corner. Got a compass bearing and went for it. I ended up on the small subsummit which is posted, before getting the final summit bearing. At the true summit I erected a small cairn before plopping out onto the yellow-blazed Summit Trail. I continued south along the ridge between JJ #1 and JJ #2. There are some great open rocks along the way. At the viewpoint at the col, I bushwhacked down instead of following the trail. There's a campsite in the area.
After finishing JJ #1 and getting to the col, I bushwhacked steeply up from the col and arrived at the summit minutes later. At the summit clearing, I resurrected the small cairn that was there. There's apparently a small shelter at the summit made from cedar branches that was probably constructed by boyscouts.
I explored the eastern slopes of JJ #2 and found a great number of cedars growing. To my surprise, there is a cactus patch there too!
Bushwhacked along the ridge back north and found myself on the Spring trail going in the same direction. Followed it and it met back up with the Summit trail eventually. Once I arrived at the height of the land on JJ #1 along the trail, I bushwhacked back down to Ghost Lake. The park police were doing target practice at a range when I got back, which startled me.
Parked my car at Walpack Cemetery, walked a gravel road for about half a mile, then bushwhacked up to the top of the ridge. I popped out onto the fire road, which I followed north to the intersection with the AT on Bird Mountain. Followed the AT southbound to Rattlesnake Mountain, then Mount Paradise. When I got to the Buttermilk Falls junction, I bushwhacked up to the summit, where there is a radio tower. Relaxed on a rock for a few minutes, then went walked down the ridge via the Buttermilk Falls trail. The trail got a little boring, so I followed the stream instead. Found some nice cascades with swimming holes before finding myself at the real Buttermilk Falls. Spectacular. Road walked back to my car.
Parked my car at the end of the road in Sparta Glen Park. I followed a herd path uphill which quickly petered out. Made it to a little subsummit and then headed for the true summit. I again found an unmarked but clear herd path up a steep rock outcropping with views of Lake Mohawk. Just below the very true high point, there is a cairn that I expanded. From there, I continued north, downhill and then east to the shore of Morris Lake. I hugged the shoreline back towards my car and came across some interesting stuff. At one point I found the remains of an old footpath bordered with stones. A few stone walls here and there too. Somehow, I managed to pop out of the woods exactly where I parked.
Started out on Route 31, at the apex of the Oxford "notch". We bushwhacked up to Hill 888, a.k.a. "Hill of Thorns" and then took a compass bearing for the summit. There's an interesting pile of rocks nearly in a circle at the top.
From the summit of Oxford Mountain, we took a bearing for County House Mountain before descending steeply into Sykes Gap. There's a clearly defined woods road that runs through the gap. From the gap, we followed a woods road uphill, which eventually turned into a footpath. The footpath eventually petered out so we just bushwhacked the rest of the way up. There's a house at the summit, so we only went as far as the Posted signs.
After County House Mountain, JSB and I drove to Bowerstown Road, where there is a legal parking spot beside Pohatcong Creek. The state apparently stocks the stream with trout, so it's a popular fishing spot. The telephone line right-of-way seems to be legal, and there's even a portion of county land on Mount Fairway that's open to the public for "passive recreation". From the apex of the telephone line cut, we bushwhacked uphill and came across the maintenance road for the summit's radio tower. This seems like one of the few legal ways to summit Mount Fairway, as the other side of the maintenance road is posted.
Bushwhacked from Hope Mountain (a sub 1ker) to Hasenclever Hill. Relaxed at the summit for a bit then followed the state boundary towards Big Beech. Found the awesome ledge on Hasenclever and dubbed it the Iron Miner's Tooth.
Ascended Big Beech via its eastern cliffs, coming from Hasenclever Hill.
Bushwhacked to Jennings from Big Beech & Jennings Hollow.
We started out at the parking area on Gordon Road and followed a woods road toward a stream. We followed the stream uphill in a ravine until we intersected with a woods road. Followed the woods road, which ran parallel to the ravine until we came across some clear cut woods. From there, walked through the clear cut woods to the summit area. On the way back down, we followed the woods road the whole way down, which took us exactly back to the parking area.