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.
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!!!
Hiked up from Long Pond Iron Works. Take the blue trail from the village. Left on the yellow trail (the second one you’ll pass). Bush whack up hill after the yellow trail hits the beaver pond and crosses the stream. Brutally steep ascent from the SW face.
Ugh, one of those peaks you'd only do if it's on a list of some sort. There was at least a nice view part-way up, but mostly just a grinder of a climb that fortunately wasn't super long.