Kanouse Mountain is a geologic cousin of its western neighbor, Bearfort Mountain. Kanouse Mountain extends from a gap carved by the Pequannock River in the south all the way to Pinecliff Lake, with its highest points being to the west and southwest of Echo Lake. The very summit is an open field with decent, though partially obstructed, views.
Kanouse Mountain has a steep eastern face with cliffs and boulder fields. The best view of all is at the very southern end of Kanouse, overlooking Route 23 and the Charlotteburg Reservoir. Heads up just in case the authors of Weird NJ are reading this, but the southern viewpoint has a large, standing, metal star erected on it.
Note: Kanouse was named for a family who lived in the area.
Well parking at the Newark’s Echo Lake cost me $14 for a Hiking permit. Really - so I could walk past over flowing garbage cans that had not been emptied since (?) last fall. Poorly managed - once a nice camp for kids.
Anyway, hiked the Highlands Trail to midway point of the lake and turned sharply left up the unmarked road. Heading south for a ways passing many ATV trails looking for a left turning, east, trail. Finding too many trails I bushwhacked up the hill and found a road heading north/south. This trail followed the ridge to the flag pole and the great view looking down on rt. 23 and the reservoir.
The return trip I followed the trail back quickly I found a dip in the hills and descended on a trail, east, first going down. The trail turned south at the elevation of the lake. This is where I bushwhacked left or north. Staying on this elevation led me above the swampy area to my right and back to the damn.
2 hours + with lunch. Simple hike and never saw anyone else.
Since today was so beautiful, we did a lot of hiking. Kanouse was first in our order, and it was a great hike up today. The snow and ice is gone, and the trail was not muddy at all. Beautiful view of the Manhattan skyline today as well. The famed star and the flagpole made it through the winter.
Parked at the picnic area off Rt 23 and followed the grassy "trail" up into the woods. From there I turned right onto a concrete drainage and headed uphill. Did some bushwhacking and eventually met up with a woods road that I took to the top. Stopped by the flag & star viewpoint and continued on to the highest point. Came back down the same way but took a red blazed trail most of the way down.
Climbed Kanouse Mountain from picnic area on Northbound Route 23. Head to the north end of the picnic area and follow unmarked trail that runs parallel to route 23. About 2 or 3 tenths of a mile turn right on next trail and follow to top. Whole trip took about 45 minutes out and back.