This mountain is privately owned except for a few holdings of the Rockport Wildlife Management Area. Though the RWMA's property is only a fraction of the mountain, the USGS "Pohatcong" benchmark in the summit contour is within the wildlife management area's boundaries: Map
Upper Pohatcong Mountain is a hard-core peakbagger's mountain. Reaching the flat summit requires difficult bushwacking through pricker bushes and careful avoidance of private property. The mountain is viewless and does not even offer interesting rock formations or pleasing streams.
The only views from Upper Pohatcong are from several powerline cuts on the mountain and from a field just above the State Pheasant farm.
The reward of Upper Pohatcong is getting to see the pleasing agricultural area that it is located in.
After reading all the reports, I was apprehensive about this walk. With the brambles and the No Trespassing signs. But it wasn't too awful. It was challenging with the brambles and that we didn't find much in the way of trails to follow. And it was hot and humid today. But we took our time.
Parked on state land near 927 Rockport Road and started on an ATV trail, but it quickly disappeared into the brambles. After that, made it across the powerline and a more-or-less direct route to the summit. No view from the summit. Less than 2 miles round-trip. We found a few No Trespassing signs, but one of my hiking buddies (works for the State of NJ wildlife division), confirmed we were on state property and could ignore the signs.
I went with my sons Thomas and Patrick on this beautiful December morning to finally summit the elusive Upper Pohatcong Mountain. This was my fourth attempt at Upper Pohatcong. We left the pheasant farm at 11:00 and began the ascent as we had the previous times. We took the same route everyone else used, which was the same way we approached in the past. We made it to the property line that we got stuck on several times before, and followed it directly towards the summit. We made it to the second power line and found posted signs off to the east all the way down the ridge. We went west and found the spot where we could access the summit without crossing any property lines. We got to the summit, and then found the ATV trail everyone else wrote about, too it south back towards the power lines, and found it was marked posted as we approached it from the opposite direction. We retraced our steps, and took 3 hours and 5.6 miles. It was great to finally get this peak, it was starting to look elusive again when we were at the second power lines. Doing this climb in late December kept the growth manageable.