I parked at the Otter Hole, planning a quick up and down on the Highlands Trail. Somehow I missed the turn from the Otter Hole Trail to the HT. After realizing this, I decided to continue on the Otter Hole and make a circular, coming back over Buck Mt. on the Wyanokie Crest Trail. This turned out to be a nice hike, on a beautiful day. Descending Buck Mt. on the HT is very steep in places.
After coming down Buck Mt. I stopped at the car to refill my water bottle, and continued up Wyanokie Torne. Visited the Stone Living Room, and headed for Osio Rock. Time, however, was running short, so I decided to save Osio for another day, and returned to the parking lot via the red trail.
Parking at Lot P2, we took the blue trail south to to the Fire Tower Ridge Trail, and followed it north to the lookout. Passed an interesting structure, a cistern I guess, along the trail north. Beautiful views from the tower on a near perfect day.
At the firetower, we had a picnic, complete with wine, to celebrate our wedding anniversary that day.
Returned via the Highlands and Fire Tower West Trails.
We parked on West Brook Rd. and took the purple connector to the Hewitt-Butler Trail. Climbed up to Manaticut Point and continued on to Long Hill. After passing the summit we reached the Overlook Rock Trail, and followed it back to the HB and down from Manaticut Point.
Good views from Manaticut and Overlook Rock. Not much to see at the Long Hill Summit.
Parked at Skylands Manor Lot A, and took the standard route to the top. Good views from an overlook on the red trail, south of the summit.
I had planned to continue to Bald Mountain, but a late start and poor weather changed my mind.
I parked at Ringwood Manor, took the blue and white trails north, then continued on a woods road to the powerline/stateline. Tried to find mile marker 21, but was unsuccessful. Followed the powerline towards Hasenclever till it turned left, then bushwhacked up to the summit.
Leaving the summit, I bushwhacked down the steep and rocky SW side to a brook, which I followed to a woods road around Hope Mtn. Visited the Hope Mine, then back to the Manor via the HIR (yellow) trail.
I parked at the end of Canistear Road by the railroad bridge. Followed the Highland Trail up Dunker, until it reached a stone wall where the trail turned away from the summit, bushwhacked from that point to the top. Not much to see there. Continued south from the summit, descending to the powerline, followed the powerline down to the RR tracks, and back to the car. I don't recommend the powerline; it's solid stickers.
Parked at the Watershed office at Echo lake. Took the Highland Trail across the dam, turned left and bushwhacked up to the ridge. On top, found a woods road marked with red blazes that led to the summit. At what appears to be the high point, there is a rock that I started to move, thinking of making a cairn, but when I picked up the rock, I found a dollar bill underneath! It must have some significance to someone, so I left it as is. It'll be interesting to see if anyone else finds it.
I continued on the red trail out to the star, enjoyed the view along with lunch, then returned the way I had come.
PS On re-reading the description of Kanouse Mtn, I find that the rock I described is not in the summit area, but where my GPS said the summit was, (I did cross the summit area). I guess that dollar bill is safe.
Started at the AT parking area on Rte 94. Hiked up to the Pinwheel Vista, then bushwhacked SW to the summit. Strange that with all the snow lately, the only bad walking was from the parking lot to the beginning of the climb. From then on the trail was almost ice free, and the bushwhacking was easy. Followed my footprints back to the AT and down.
I parked on Weldon Rd., at the gate to the ski area; the gate was locked. Walked across the open area and up the gravel service road to the communications tower/summit area. Added a stone to the cairn.
Walked out to the firetower, and started up, but it was beginning to rain, and this seemed like a good excuse for going no further.
Reversed course to return to the car.
Parked at the back of the Union Chapel Cemetery, next to the closed gate. Walked east about 1/3 mile to the summit area; turned around and walked back. The rain made it all feel very dreary.
We parked at the picnic area. Took the Highlands Trail to the Pine Swamp Trail and did the Pine Swamp loop; passing the high point along the way. Finished up by visiting Headley Overlook.
Nice hike on a cloudy, blustery day. Mahlon Dickerson is a great park, that I didn't know existed a short time ago.
I parked where the AT crosses Millbrook Road. Started on the AT, then turned off on the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail. Continued past Catfish Pond and up to the AT. Returned on the AT, passing the firetower and summit along the way.
Saw no rattlesnakes in the swamp, or catfish on the Mountain.