Upper Pohatcong Mountain
I went with my sons Thomas and Patrick on this beautiful December morning to finally summit the elusive Upper Pohatcong Mountain. This was my fourth attempt at Upper Pohatcong. We left the pheasant farm at 11:00 and began the ascent as we had the previous times. We took the same route everyone else used, which was the same way we approached in the past. We made it to the property line that we got stuck on several times before, and followed it directly towards the summit. We made it to the second power line and found posted signs off to the east all the way down the ridge. We went west and found the spot where we could access the summit without crossing any property lines. We got to the summit, and then found the ATV trail everyone else wrote about, too it south back towards the power lines, and found it was marked posted as we approached it from the opposite direction. We retraced our steps, and took 3 hours and 5.6 miles. It was great to finally get this peak, it was starting to look elusive again when we were at the second power lines. Doing this climb in late December kept the growth manageable.
Buck Mountain (Wyanokies)
Parked at Otter Hole, followed blue Hewitt-Butler trail heading north, joined Otter Hole trail, veered west onto yellow Wyanokie Crest trail for a while, turned right onto red and white Wyanokie Circular Trail, and turned back onto green Otter Hole trail to eventually retrace our steps back to the parking lot. Great ~4 mile loop with a fun scramble up Buck Mountain early on in the trip.
Rained right before we got there so the trail was a bit slick. Started in the Appalachian Trail parking lot on 23. Hiked the App trail to Monument trail. Stopped at High Point Monument for some pictures. Phone said it was about 38 degrees there. After that continued Monument trail out the back of the parking lot, looped the Swap Trail, and came back around on Monument Trail, and reversed course back to the parking lot. Total trip was recorded at 9 miles.