Big Beech Mountain is most easily accessed via a half hour hike along the Highlands Trail from Long Pond Ironworks. Although the ascent is 800 vertical feet, there are no strenuous inclines. There are two viewpoints from the trail on Big Beech and the true summit is just a few minutes hike North from the North-most viewpoint. If you hike off the trail towards the east, you will find some excellent easterly views from Big Beech's cliffs.
The photograph above was taken from the swamp that feeds Jennings Hollow Brook.
Hiked in from Beech Rd. Yellow trail for a short while then followed the woods road to Patterson mine. Highlands rail over Big Beech then bushwhacked over to Jennings. No time to summit Jennings though. Will have to go back.
Quick out-and-back this morning before the scheduled afternoon thunder storms. From the Beech Road Parking Lot, took the Hasenclever Iron Trail to the Sterling Ridge Trail. Portion of the trail are a bit overgrown, but the path is blazed well the entire way. Trip was just over 7 miles, and I made it back to the car as the first big drops of rain started to fall.
Parked on Beech Rd. because the bridge is still out at the ironworks. Took green to yellow to Highlands. Found the cairn to the left of the large blowdown. Approximately 7 miles round trip. Very buggy.