I called the Hudson Farms office earlier in the week and got permission. When you call specify that you’d like to hike on their Westby property location. I gave my name and number they could contact. I would also ask if there is any where specific they’d want you to park (they didn’t specify for me so I parked based on where others had previously parked near their woods operations). I double checked with an employee their who was not notified anyone was out hiking that day. He didn’t have a problem with me being out there and he double checked with his boss.
Ended up taking a combination of woods roads/trails up to Westby Ridge. Went up and down the same way and then onto Wright Pond Cliffs.
Backtracked on the trail from Wright Pond Cliffs to what looked like a good place to start the bushwhack up Westby Ridge. Halfway up we crossed another woods trail that looked promising. I vaguely recalled another person (Steve Jones) reported on the trail, but being it was the last of my NJ1K peaks, I thought it was appropriate to bushwhack to the top! No cairn at the top and not much of a view. Even though tropical storm Isaias was only 3 days ago, the Hudson Farms crew had all the roads clear. Amazing!
Short celebration at the summit with my hiking buddy Glenn before taking the woods roads back.
Did Westby Ridge and Wright Pond in a out and back with John. Parked at maintenance area, followed trail to Wright Pond Cliffs retraced steps about halfway and bushwhacked to Westby Ridge Summit.