Well parking at the Newark’s Echo Lake cost me $14 for a Hiking permit. Really - so I could walk past over flowing garbage cans that had not been emptied since (?) last fall. Poorly managed - once a nice camp for kids.
Anyway, hiked the Highlands Trail to midway point of the lake and turned sharply left up the unmarked road. Heading south for a ways passing many ATV trails looking for a left turning, east, trail. Finding too many trails I bushwhacked up the hill and found a road heading north/south. This trail followed the ridge to the flag pole and the great view looking down on rt. 23 and the reservoir.
The return trip I followed the trail back quickly I found a dip in the hills and descended on a trail, east, first going down. The trail turned south at the elevation of the lake. This is where I bushwhacked left or north. Staying on this elevation led me above the swampy area to my right and back to the damn.
2 hours + with lunch. Simple hike and never saw anyone else.
Buck Mountain (Kinnelon)
So...Parked near R/R bridge and walked southeast following tracks quickly coming to a abandoned siding on the right backtracking a short distance until finding a stream on the left. Then turning south and following the stream up hill into the col to a woods road between the two peaks. Continuing on this “road” up hill and south till I could see the pines indicating the peak to the left. A steep and short scramble to the top and a nice view SW to North. Time - about one hour from the car walking slow enjoying the day !
Parked at Ramapo Reservation. Hiked with my friend, Merrill. Took the orange blazed trail, passing waterfall, to blue blaze to red/Silver. When we reached the power lines, we turned left and headed up hill. Saw large boulders towards the left and headed up unmarked trail to find the summit. There was a rock pile and we each contributed a rock to it. A fun find!
I actually live on the trail head to Mount Newfoundland, so I'm up at the pine bluff at least once a month for the past twenty years! On February 4th, I snow-shoed from Notch all the way up! The snow did a nice job of hiding the unfortunate litter, and there were no ATV or motorcycle tracks to be seen, truly serene. As of Sunday March 21, 2021, 99% of the snow is gone now.
Green Pond Mountain
Since we were up on Mt. Newfoundland, we also hiked the opposite direction to Green Pond Lake (Green Pond Mountain), and the beach looks beautiful this afternoon in the sun.The snow is gone as of today.
Since today was so beautiful, we did a lot of hiking. Kanouse was first in our order, and it was a great hike up today. The snow and ice is gone, and the trail was not muddy at all. Beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline today as well. The famed star and the flagpole made it through the winter.