Parked at Ramapo Reservation and headed for Bear Swamp Lake. I had a little bit of trouble; Ramapo Reservation has done a pretty substantial overhaul of their trail system since I bought my map so it was really out of date. Bought an online map when I got to an intersection that just didn't exist on my map.
Once I reached the intersection of the red trail near Bear Swamp Lake and the pipeline cut that goes to the summit, I decided to go for Drag Hill first because it looked like it was a longer climb than Rocky Mountain. It was a short but steep climb on pretty loose terrain. The descent down that same loose terrain was the hardest part of the whole day.
After getting back down Drag Hill, I headed for Rocky Mountain. The climb wasn't as bad but there was more bushwhacking involved to reach the summit.
I bushwhacked down the side of Rocky Mountain to get to the road that goes around Bear Swamp Lake. Crossed the little bridge over the outflow and began to head up. There were some very nice switchbacks going up here, which was a relief after the straight up and down of the last two peaks. Stopped for lunch at the lookout and then continued towards the true summit. The coordinates I had down for the summit weren't very accurate so there was a little bit of extra bushwhacking involved, but I got there.
I was initially planning on ending this hike after reaching Ilgenstein Rock, but it was still pretty early and I was feeling good so I decided to push on to Mount Defiance. I didn't realize until much later that this almost doubled the length of the hike. I headed off the trail a little bit further from the top to try to find a fun but safe route up the little cliffs below the summit. It took a few attempts but I found a way up, went to the big pile of rocks at the summit, and then headed back down the green trail, which is the same way I came up. Wasn't a huge fan of taking the green trail back up to the other side of the valley, essentially doubling the climb up Defiance, but it was good training.
Hiked from my home in Mahwah, up Stag Hill Road where I saw a bear, into the woods roads (with no trespassing signs; weird because I know that's public property). Bushwhacked a bit til I got to Mountain Road, turned left, found the ruins where there were some kids with dirtbikes. Turned right and hiked the last quarter mile up the hill. Looked around and didn't see a marker. Walked all around the tower and touched every rock I could find. Then I continued south and exited at the Ramapo Reservation Parking Lot. GPS log with map here: https://smashrun.com/stevetursi/run/20304638/ji9eknn6#map
Jenny Jump Mountain 3
Parked at the northern end of the lake at took the yellow trail to the blue, then got <1/4 mile before bushwhacking to the summit. Super easy on this one. Not much to see en route or at the top, but it was nice to be back out in the woods for a change.
Jenny Jump Mountain 4
From JJ3, cut diagonally on a whack until hitting the trail again, before eventually going right onto a woods road from a Y-split in the trail. Took that to a T-junction before unsuccessfully finding a trail that would get me less than 2/3 mile from the top and deciding to bushwhack in a straight line. From there, whacked straight south to the road for a pleasant mile walk back to the car.
Had a fairly easy walk in from Mine Hill Road. At the pull-off at 162 Mine Hill Road, someone had put up a "Private Property" sign. It probably isn't, but I parked at the top of the hill and walked down the 1/10th mile to the woods road. Lots of woods roads and lots of fenced off mines but was able to make it without too much difficulty to the summit. A proper road leads to the communications tower at the top with "No Trespassing" signs to the right. It looks like the road and land to the left are public. A good Covid-19 hike - nobody in sight. But I doubt if anyone comes up here except in the deer hunting season. Passed a couple of tree stands. Not much of a view from the summit. The trees are starting to "leaf out". Maybe better in the winter.