Rocky Mountain is one of the finest trailless summits in the New Jersey Ramapos. A cairn has been constructed at the summit and prospective 1K'ers are encouraged to contribute one rock to it. The actual summit of Rocky Mountain does not have much of a view but a few steps Southeast of the summit reveals a slab of rock with Eastward views of North Jersey and Manhattan.
The photograph above was taken from the North shore of Bear Swamp Lake.
Special Note: Matty Price hill, a sub-1000'er near Rocky, offers splendid views.
Reach the top and you’ll know why they call it Rocky Mountain. About an inch of snow on the ground. 21 degrees and sunny. Started from the Ramapo Reservation. All three lakes were frozen over. Went with my beagle Nugget and my parents’ pit/shepherd mix Lucy.
4-peak loop through Ramapo Valley County Reservation, including 3 NJ1kers. From the parking lot, took the Silver Trail to the Halifax Trail, following it to Bear Swamp Lake, and then used the Hoeferlin Memorial Trail to summit Ilgenstein Rock. Left the summit by the Connector Trail to Cannonball Trail and hung a left onto the Shore Trail. From here I bushwacked to the Drag Hill and Rocky Mountain summits. Hopped onto the Red-Silver Trail To the Schuber Trail, then took the Ridge Trail to within bushwacking range of Monroe Ridge, a sub-1k peak in the park which I added to increase the mileage. After summiting the ridge, took the Ridge Trail back to the Silver Trail and out the parking lot. Total distance was just under 12 miles in 4 hours.