Jennings Mountain is one of New Jersey's better, yet less known, high peaks.
Jennings Mountain's top is a long, narrow north-south ridge with excellent views to the east and limited views to the west. The mountain is little tracked, and has no atv trails, litter, or official hiking trails on it.
Jennings' eastern face is very steep, with two parallel cliffs, but the summit is flat, open, and grassy. The bases of Jennings on the west, south, and east are very beautiful mountain streams.
With no trails leading to the top, aspiring NJ 1Kers will find Jennings Mountain to be a mountain of peace and solitude.
The photograph above was taken from a clearing on Big Beech Mountain.
Parked at the historical village parking lot just after Beech Rd. Hiked through the older buildings/ruins and up the Highlands trail. Turned off on the yellow trail for Jennings Hollow and past the wetlands between Big Beech and Jennings. Saw a beaver lodge but no beavers to be found. Just after the first difficult stream crossing I bushwhacked up the steep hill to the left of the trail. It was easy but very steep bushwhacking made more difficult by all the leaves on the ground. Got to the summit cairn and traversed the summit to the north before turning right and bushwhacking down a less steep route to the yellow trail.
No cars parked along the road, nobody on the Mountain. Fairly cool today with low humidity and no mosquitos (yet). Parked in pull-off across the street from the bridge over the Wanaque River. Hiked Yellow trail 0.8 miles north to where a woods road splits off to the northwest. Took it about 1/4 mile to it's high point, then bushwhacked about 0.6 miles to the summit. 3.5 miles overall roundtrip. The bushwhacking was moderately easy with just blueberry bushes (not ripe yet) to walk through. The only challenges were the small ridges and valleys along the summit.
Parked on the side of the road near the Jennings Hollow Fire Road trailhead (crossing the bridge) and then headed straight up the mountain. Pretty straightforward but very steep the whole half mile or so up. Once I reached the top I started going down too soon so I got a little bit cliffed out. After some precarious downclimbing, I made it down safely but definitely need to get better about taking the same route up and down.
I parked along the side of East Shore Road, then crossed the bridge over the Wanaque River to a woods road running along the southeast side of the base of the mountain. I then bushwhacked up the southeast side of the mountain. It was very steep but was short. Along the way up I found a pretty good viewpoint looking east towards Big Beach Mountain and south towards the Stonetown Circular Trail area (Windbeam Mountain). I didn't find any views from the summit. Near a cairn, there is a large boulder which seems to be the highest point. I descended the north side of the mountain which was much more gradual and then headed along to Big Beach Mountain on trails. I saw three ATVers on the woods road on the northeast side of the mountain.
Did not feel like fording so took East Shore road to parking area just past Jenning Hollow fire road. Parked and walked back down to cross over bridge so did not have to ford Wanaque River. Took fire road over to where it ran into the yellow Jenning Hollow Trail. Then had to pick route that looked best to whack up to Jenning Mountain Ridge. Many options but choose wisely as is very steep and loose, Picked route that looked like a herd path and it followed the drainage's up. Arrived at the ridge and a cairn but did not look like the true summit. Followed the ridge and ended up at the summit cairn. This is an easy summit to reach but you need to be able to follow a herd path. There are some very steep cliff areas that you do not want to end up in!!!!!! Summit is awesome and is very quiet and peaceful. Jersey has a gem in Jennings Mountain!!!