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.
Summit this fairly often as it's 8 minutes from my house, only takes 15 minutes to get up and is a good short workout. Haven't been to too many summits in NJ yet, but I don't expect to find better views.
Picked up my Pequannock Watershed Permit today and did quick afternoon hike up to the Kanouse summit while I was there. Took the Highlands Trail from the parking along the western shore of Echo Lake, then took the woods roads to the top. Turned around at the star/flag overlook and retraced my steps back to the car. 8.5 miles roundtrip of easy walking and only 560 feet of elevation gain. The bugs were out in full-force along the lake. Also, too much litter on the trails...