The view from Ilgenstein Rock is beautiful and I wish I had saved it for a clear day. The heat and humidity was high early in the morning and the gnats and skeeters accompanied me the entire 9 miles. BUT this was a great hike despite! I scared a couple of deer, I have know clue how I got so close without them or me knowing it. Paybacks though, 15 minutes later a bear scared me. Trails are well marked and maintained.
I was on the trail by 545, but I went a mile in the wrong direction and had to back track :) oops!
By the time I got to the overlook, the sun was shining. Bushwhacked to the summit and took an unmarked trail off the yellow back to the parking lot. Because of my detour and work schedule, I had to "ditch" the Cardiac trail and save Allamuchy Mountain for another day.
LOVE this trail, especially the view off the Highlands. It may not be a very big mountain, but the view is beautiful and we took many pictures. Then you continue on up to the yellow and bushwhack to the peak. There was an old shoe nailed to a tree, still wondering about that one! This was our third day peakbagging in a row which is a far cry from our usual 1-2 a month.
The NYNJTC maps promised several views, but not much to see with the tree cover. Nice rock walls - pretty imposing and made the hike more interesting. The Ringwood Manor area is also beautiful. I'd explore more there.