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Climbing Facts

State New Jersey
Highest Peak High Point
Elevation 1,803 feet (550 metres)
First climbed ?  
Vertical Gain Car Park ~60 feet (18m)
Total Distance (One-way) Car Park ~415 feet (125m)
Estimated hiking time 5 minutes each way
Difficulty Easy
Required Maps New Jersey Roadmap
Nearest town Colesville, NJ ~4 miles (Port Jervis NY ~7.5miles)
GPS Co-Ordinates 41° 19' 16" N 74° 39' 41" W
Date climbed October 2010

New Jersey

New Jersey - High Point

| About High Point|

High Point, New Jersey is my 10th US high-point. This summit has already been one of the easiest to find. Not only is there a road all the way to the summit, there are also signs pointing you in the right direction on the way, but most importantly there is a great big Stone Obilisk sitting on the summit which can be seen for miles around.

High Point is in the far north of New Jersey, just a few miles from New York and Pennsylvania. GPS to Colesville NJ, or Jervis Point in New York which is a bigger town.

Once in Colesville, there are signs pointing toward High Point and you should see the monument up on a hill. Take Country Road 519 (Greenville Road) North. Take the left onto Country Road 443 (about 2.5 miles north of Colesville). However the roads will already be sign posted to High Point.

About a mile along Country Road 443, there is a park entrance on the right. There is a toll booth (which collects an entrance fee during the warmer months, when you can also climb the monument). Outside these times the road is open (from 8am-8pm).

Just past the gate there is a smaller road off to the right (I think it says Scenic Route or similar). This is a nicer driver and takes you up along the ridge, past a viewing tower and finally onto the summit. You can also take a more direct road which skirts around the lake and joins up with the sumit road.

At the summit there is a carpark and small snack shop. We were there on a sunny Saturday and the carpark was packed with cars and people.

There is a ski shop by the lake, so presumably during winter this is a popular cross-country ski location.

| High Point Trail |

I'm not sure 'trail' is the right word for this climb. We were fortunate in that just as we arrived at the carpark a car was pulling away. This meant we could park right outside the snap shop. By the time we left half and hour later, there were hordes of people and the bigger (lower) carpark was fast filling up.

With a bag of newly purchased popcorn to stave off our hunger, we made the short 5 minute walk up to the huge momument marking New Jersey's highest point. The summit is however pretty cool. There are great views in all directions, the stone monument is enormous (220 feet high) and we had great weather.

The monument itself is open on weekends (9am-4pm) up to Columbus Day weekend. The surrounding High Point State Park has a bunch of walking trails (including the Appalachian Trail) and 15miles of ski runs. (Click here to see High Point State Park).

Despite all the people, visiting New Jersey's highest summit was good fun.

| The Weather |

 
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Avg. High
34°
37°
48°
62°
72°
80°
84°
81°
74°
62°
50°
38°
Avg. Low
15°
17°
26°
35°
46°
55°
60°
58°
51°
40°
32°
21°
Mean
25°
28°
38°
48°
60°
68°
72°
70°
64°
51°
41°
30°
Avg. Precip.
3.1 in
3.0 in
3.5 in
3.7 in
4.5 in
3.7 in
4.3 in
3.6 in
3.7 in
3.0 in
3.9 in
3.4 in
(weather measured at Port Jervis, NY ~7.5 miles away)

On this adventure: Roland & Tiana