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.