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Balls!

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Hidden : 5/8/2002
Difficulty:
1 out of 5
Terrain:
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: regular (regular)

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Geocache Description:

See New Jersey the way it's supposed to be. Breathtaking overlook of Warren County from Point Mountain. Very rocky, just under a 3 mile loop.

Point Mountain is one of Hunterdon County's newest parks. It's also got one of the best views in the county. The climb up will take your breath away, and the walk down is very relaxing and peaceful.


There's 2 ways to the cache. Park at N40 45.981 W74 54.642 (roughly, I extrapolated the parking area from my track log, so it may be off.) Parking is on Point Mountain Road just south of Rt. 57.

More information on the park can be found here: http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/depts/parks/guides/PointMountain.htm

You can enter the trail at the following two points:
N40 45.971 W74 54.644
or
N40 46.020 W74 54.695.

How to approach depends on whether you'd like to tackle the steep rocky section from the top or the bottom. My suggestion is to take care of the steep section early, and enter at the first set of coordinates, which are right at the parking lot. If you'd rather have a steep downhill than a steep uphill, head towards the bridge to the second set of coordinates. You'll be following the orange blazed trail, and you'll come out at whichever you didn't enter.

The best overlook is at N40 45.742 W74 54.557. From here you can see New Jersey the way it was meant to be. Farms and fields as far as the eye can see, with just a few homes scattered along Rt. 57. The overlook is a good place to rest after the strenuous climb up the mountain. Point Mountain is the 3rd highest point in Hunterdon County, although it probably has a better view than any other.

Take a few minutes once you're at the overlook to catch your breath and take in the scenery. Many hawks can be seen circling the valley below you. There's abundant animal and insect life at the park, so be sure to bring repellant. Please don't leave any food or dog treats in the cache as this is bear country, and there is a known population within the park. Bring your camera, and some binoculars or a telephoto lense, as the view is spectacular. Waterboy, a couple bottles of H20 would be much appreciated at this cache, as I neglected to leave some, and didn't realize how draining the climb would be. Please be careful on the rocks, as its a long way down. Also be wary of the native population. I excited a timber rattler while I was venturing off trail in search of a hiding spot. The cache itself isn't more than 4 feet from the trail.

The walk down from the cache is long, but peaceful. It's a good cooldown from the climb. The trail will take you along the ridgeline, and up to the boundry of the park with YMCA Camp Bernie. From there, it will cut back down the mountain on a gentle slope, and then track back along the Musconetcong River to the parking area.

The cache container is your run of the mill OD ammo can. To start out, the cache contains an assortment of balls (hence the name), and some squirtguns.

Dog Dude made a good point. If you're planning on bringing a dog with you, enter at N40 46.020 W74 54.695, take the trail to the overlook at N40 45.742 W74 54.557, turn around, and go back the way you came. Your dog will thank you for it. The steep section is not dog friendly.

Additional Hints (Decrypt)

Nf jvgu "Jnyx ba Jngre" K znexf gur fcbg. Ybbx sbe gur pebffrq gerrf bire gur obhyqre. Haqre gur gnyy fghzc sebz gur pheil gerr lbh jvyy svaq gur pnpur. Cyrnfr pbire vg onpx hc nf orfg lbh pna.

Decryption Key

A|B|C|D|E|F|G|H|I|J|K|L|M
-------------------------
N|O|P|Q|R|S|T|U|V|W|X|Y|Z

(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



 

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