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Details for Benchmark: LY2562

N 41° 08.434 W 074° 23.499 (NAD 83)

Altitude: 1476

Coordinates may not be exact. Altitude is SCALED and location is ADJUSTED. (more info)

Location:
In PASSAIC county, NJ View Original Datasheet
Designation:
BEAR FORT RESET
Marker Type:
NGS Benchmark
Setting:
setting not listed - see description
Stability:

Reference Points

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I totally found this by accident while bushwhacking along the ridge.

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photoLY2562

Found with RMassey while geocaching / peakbagging, earler finding bear on rock too!

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photo100_8414
BM
photo100_8416
Nearby Pin

Found with Jalz on a hot day.

Found RM#2 while visiting "How High the Moon" Geocache GC1H2VZ nearby. Foto attached.

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photoBearfort No#2 1942

Well, I was a newby when I first logged this benchmark. I returned today to do a more thorough job. I hiked in on Terrace Pond North Trail (the blue trail) from Clinton Road (doing some much needed trail maintenance along the way.) I used the NGS Forward program to project the coordinates for the two Reference Marks and the 1942 Azimuth Mark. I arrived at RM 2 first. Projected coordinates were accurate. N 41 08 26.4 W 074 23 30.0. Next, I located the station "Bear Fort Reset". Found easily by coordinates. GPS lists the elevation as 1486'. Next I searched for Reference Marks No. 2 & No. 3 from the 1882 monumentation. Both were easily found by description. 1882 Reference mark No. 1 was not searched for. The ridges are steep. SSE would lead in a sharp drop off the ridge. Also, mountain laurel makes for very tough bushwhacking. Following the description, 1942 RM 1 was also found easily, at N 41 28 26.6 W 074 23 29.6.
I returned along Terrace Pond North Trail, and headed south, along the west side of Terrace Pond, along Terrace Pond Circular Trail (blazed in white) to the projected coordinates for the Azimuth Mark. This was a bit tougher to project, since the distance is listed as 'about .2 mile'. The 1942 report lists it as being 'at an old camp site'. We call it 'the beach'. I found the Azimuth Mark at N 41 08 20.5 W 074 23 43.7 (about 70' from the projcted location.) I've been here many times in the past, and never noticed the disk! Disk is severely scarred. 1937 Azimuth Mark (Rude-6) not searched for at this time. (It would appear to be in a shopping center off Union Valley Road in downtown West Milford.)

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photoLY2652 West Milford Passaic NJ Close Up
photoLY2652 West Milford Passaic NJ Close Up
photoLY2652 West Milford Passaic NJ View Southwest
Toward RM 2
photoLY2652RM1 West Milford Passaic Close UP
photoLY2652RM1 West Milford Passaic Close Up
photoLY26552RM1 West Milford Passaic NJ View Southwest
Toward LY2652 and 1882 RM No. 3 (cut cross)
photoLY2652RM2 West Milford Passaic NJ Close Up
photoLU2652RM2 West Milford Passaic NJ Clse Up
photoLY2652RM2 West Milford Passaic NJ Clse Up
photoLY2652RM2 West Milford Passaic NJ View Northeast
Toward LY2652
photoLY2652 1882 RM2 West Milford Passaic NJ Close Up
photoLY2652 1882 RM2 West Milord Passaic Close Up
photoLY2652 West Milford Passaic NJ View South
Toward 1882 RM 2
photoLY2652 1882 RM3 West Milford Passaic NJ Close Up
photoLY2652 1882 RM3 West Milford Passaic NJ Close Up
photoLY2652 West Milford Passaic NJ View North
Toward 1882 RM 3 (cut cross)
photoLY2652 1942 Azimuth Mark West Milford Passaic NJ
Close Up
photoLY2652 1937 Azimuth Mark West Milford Passaic NJ
Close Up
photoLY2652 Azimuth Mark West Milford Passic NJ
View northeast. View of Terrace Pond!

Tough bushwhacking through the mountain laurel, but I found it!

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photoLY2562

I actually found this by accident on the way back from geocache CG5. Roasteroo also logged this benchmark and is a fellow cacher. I can't believe he didn't continue on from here to bag one of the most challanging caches in North Jersey.

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photoDisk
N 41° 08.434 W 074° 23.500

#6 for me. Wow, of all of the benchmarks I have found so far this one is the hardest. It has a very involved hike and is not for the faint of heart. It happened to be snowing today on my way up so that added a little to the excitement. Park off clinton rd in west milford. N41 08.794
W74 24.196
NY/NJ trail map #21:Take blue Trail toward Terrace Pond at junction with white trail stay left and north of the lake on the blue trail. The white trail leaves again toward the right, you have to stay on the blue trail going north. After a little while you have to bushwack yourself in towards the BM on the right. Pick a way that is best for you. It is very hard bushwacking through the mountain laurel. You have to get up on the ridge towards the right.
Enjoy!

[last edit: 11/2/2002 1:02:31 PM PST]

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photoMain station
photoRM#1
photoRM#2

Documented History (by the NGS)

01/01/1882 by CGS (MONUMENTED)
DESCRIBED BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1882 (EAB) STATION IS ON A HIGH SUMMIT (1,480 FEET) OF BEARPORT MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 2-1/4 MILES W BY S FROM BROWNS HOTEL WHICH IS ON THE W SIDE OF THE LOWER END OF GREENWOOD LAKE. THE ROAD FROM THIS PLACE TO VERNON CROSSES THE MOUNTAIN ABOUT 1-1/2 MILES NE OF THE STATION. THE LATTER IS ALSO 1-1/2 MILES NW OF WEST MILFORD, 1-3/4 MILES ENE OF UTTERTOWN, 1/8 MILE NE OF TERRACE POND AND 1/4 MILE TO THE SOUTHWARD OF A ROAD RUNNING ALONG THE W SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN. THE STATION IS MARKED BY A COPPER BOLT SET IN A HOLE DRILLED IN THE ROCK. REFERENCE MARKS WERE PLACED AS FOLLOWS-- REFERENCE MARK NO.1 IS AN ARROWHEAD CUT ON A BOULDER, WEIGHING BETWEEN 2 AND 3 TONS, TO THE SSE OF THE STATION (DISTANCE NOT GIVEN). REFERENCE MARK NO.2 IS A CROSS CUT ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE LEDGE 8 FEET 7-3/4 INCHES SE BY S FROM THE STATION. REFERENCE MARK NO.3 IS A CROSS CUT ON A BOULDER AT WESTERN EDGE OF THE LEDGE, 20 FEET 4 INCHES NE BY N FROM THE STATION.
01/01/1937 by NJGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY NEW JERSEY GEODETIC SURVEY 1937 RECOVERED IN GOOD CONDITION. TIE NO.2, A CROSS CUT ON THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE LEDGE, AND TIE NO.3, A CROSS CUT ON BOULDER ON THE WESTERLY EDGE OF LEDGE, WERE RECOVERED AS ORIGINALLY DESCRIBED. OTHER ORIGINAL TIES OR WITNESS MARKS WERE NOT FOUND. AZIMUTH MARK IS STATION RUDE-6, ONE OF THE TRIANGULATION STATIONS ESTABLISHED BY THE WEST MILFORD TAX MAP SURVEY. IT IS A 1/4-INCH BRASS BOLT SET IN A 6-INCH SQUARE CONCRETE MONUMENT LEVEL WITH GROUND SURFACE. TO REACH THIS AZIMUTH MARK FROM INTERSECTION OF UNION VALLEY ROAD AND WILSON AND MARSHALL HILL ROAD IN WEST MILFORD, GO SW ON UNION VALLEY ROAD ABOUT 0.1 MILE, TURN LEFT UP A DRIVEWAY LEADING TO OLD SUB-DIVISION. CONTINUE ACROSS FIRST GRADED CROSS STREET THROUGH A SLIGHT OFFSET TO RIGHT, AND TURN RIGHT ON SECOND CROSS STREET. MARK IS ABOUT 100 FEET DOWN THIS STREET ON THE LEFT. TO REACH THE STATION BY THE EASIEST APPROACH, STARTING AT NEWFOUNDLAND, PROCEED NW ALONG THE PATERSON-HAMBURG TURNPIKE 0.7 MILE, TURN RIGHT AND FOLLOW CLINTON ROAD ALONG THE EASTERLY SIDE OF CLINTON RESERVOIR AND NORTHEASTERLY THROUGH UTTERTOWN 8.0 MILES TO FREDERICKS GENERAL STORE ON THE RIGHT. 350 FEET BEYOND THE STORE TURN RIGHT ON A TRAIL LEADING UP THE MOUNTAIN AND GO NE ABOUT 0.5 MILE. FROM THIS POINT TRAIL BEARS OFF TO THE E AND S, CROSSING SEVERAL ROCK LEDGES WITH INTERVENING SWAMPS. AT EACH LEDGE BEAR S A SHORT DISTANCE AND TREND GENERALLY SE TO TERRACE POND, WHICH LIES A SHORT DISTANCE ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AND DRAINS TO THE N. STATION IS ON A HIGH POINT OF THE LEDGE, 600 FEET E FROM THE N OR LOWER END OF THE POND.
01/01/1942 by CGS (SEE DESCRIPTION)
RECOVERY NOTE BY COAST AND GEODETIC SURVEY 1942 (GWL) THE STATION RECOVERED AS DESCRIBED, ALSO TWO OLD REFERENCE MARKS WHICH ARE CROSSES CHISELED IN ROCK WERE RECOVERED. ARROWHEAD CHISELED IN ROCK WAS NOT RECOVERED. A BRONZE DISK WAS PLACED REPLACING THE COPPER BOLT. TWO NEW REFERENCE MARKS, NUMBERS 1 AND 2, WERE ESTABLISHED. FOLLOWING IS A COMPLETE NEW DESCRIPTION-- THE STATION (NOTE 2) IS ABOUT 10 MILES S OF WARWICK ON A HIGH SUMMIT OF BEARPORT MOUNTAIN, ABOUT 0.1 MILE E OF THE EASTERN SHORE OF TERRACE LAKE. IT IS SET IN A LARGE ROCK OUTCROP AT THE HIGHEST PART OF THE RIDGE, ABOUT OPPOSITE THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE LAKE. IT IS SET FLUSH AND IS STAMPED BEAR FORT 1882 - 1942. REFERENCE MARK NO.1 (NOTE 12A) IS NE OF THE STATION. IT IS FLUSH WITH THE ROCK AND IS STAMPED BEAR FORT 1942. REFERENCE MARK NO.2 (NOTE 12A) IS SW OF THE STATION. IT IS SET FLUSH AND IS STAMPED BEAR FORT 1942. THE NORTH CROSS CHISELED IN THE ROCKS IS SET IN A LARGE BOULDER N OF THE STATION. THE SOUTH CROSS CHISELED IN ROCK IS S OF THE STATION IN THE SAME ROCK OUTCROP AS THE STATION. THE AZIMUTH MARK (NOTE 12C) IS ABOUT 0.2 MILE SW OF THE STATION ON THE W SHORE OF THE LAKE. IT IS AT AN OLD CAMP SITE ABOUT 40 FEET W OF THE SHORE LINE. IT IS AT THE TOP OF A LARGE SLOPING BEDROCK OUTCROP, ABOUT 15 FEET E OF A 10-INCH STUMP ABOUT 3 FEET HIGH WITH ROCKS PILED AROUND IT AND ABOUT 30 FEET SE OF AN 8-INCH PINE TREE WITH A TRIANGULAR BLAZE. THIS POINT IS ON THE TRAIL TO THE STATION ABOUT 5 MINUTES WALK AFTER REACHING THE POINT WHERE THE LAKE FIRST BECOMES VISIBLE. TO REACH THE STATION FROM THE JUNCTION OF STATE HIGHWAYS 17A AND 45 IN THE SW OUTSKIRTS OF WARWICK, NEW YORK, GO SW ON STATE HIGHWAY 45 FOR 1.4 MILES TO A PAVED ROAD LEFT. TURN LEFT AND GO 5.45 MILES TO A Y (UPPER GREENWOOD LAKE). TAKE RIGHT FORK AND GO 1.5 MILES TO THE H.W. FREDRICK STORE AND THE END OF TRUCK TRAVEL. PICK UP BLAZED TRAIL WHICH STARTS ABOUT 150 YARDS N OF THE STORE AND FOLLOW TRAIL IN AN EASTERLY DIRECTION FOR ABOUT A 1-HOUR PACK (WITH LOAD) TO TERRACE LAKE. FOLLOW TRAIL AROUND THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE LAKE THENCE N ALONG RIDGE AT EASTERN SIDE OF LAKE TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF THE RIDGE NEAR THE SOUTHERN EDGE OF THE LAKE AND THE STATION. THE ENTIRE PACK WILL REQUIRE ABOUT 2 HOURS. A 24-FOOT TOWER WILL SEE A 4-FOOT LIGHT AT HIGH POINT 1881. A 24-FOOT TOWER WILL SEE A 47-FOOT LIGHT AT EVE. A 24-FOOT TOWER WILL SEE A 30-FOOT LIGHT AT STERLING (U.S.G.S.). A 24-FOOT TOWER WILL SEE A 4-FOOT LIGHT AT HIGH TORNE 1881.

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  • The horizontal coordinates were established by classical geodetic methods and adjusted by the National Geodetic Survey in September 1999.
  • The orthometric height was scaled from a topographic map.
  • The Laplace correction was computed from DEFLEC99 derived deflections.
  • The geoid height was determined by GEOID99.

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