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My FINAL PEAK, Mount Paradise, on Easter Saturday. Started in 2011. Picture perfect day, blue skies. Did a 16 mile hike with my friend completing a section of the AT. Started from Blue Mtn Lakes Rd through to Rt 206. Took a detour just off trail to Mount Paradise and the communications tower. Then took another detour out and back to Buttermilk Falls which were full of water from all the snow melt. Saw a porcupine napping in a tree, spring peepers in a pond creating their own love shack.
Thanks to Eric for creating this NJ peaks challenge.
Section hiking the AT with friends from Rt 206 to Deckertown Rd. This included Sunrise Mtn on a very raw day. Met bird watcher on the summit who pointed out a bald eagle.
Parked at parking area on Lakeside Drive and hiked blue trail which gets close to the peak. Bushwhacked a short distance to a well defined summit. Next headed for JJ4.
From JJ3 continued on blue trail headed SW towards JJ4. As the trail started to turn south and downward started to bushwhack continuing in SW direction. There is a false peak, noted by other hikers, so I circumnavigated on the west side and JJ4 came into view. As you approach the summit the terrain flattens out quite a lot. There was a hunting perch right on the summit.
Parked at the Pheasant Farm and hiked up to the overlook and then continued on woods road to 1st power line cut. Then continued NE toward 2nd power line cut. As per other trip reports I had to pay a ransom of blood to the gods of Upper Pohatcong. Serious brambles, even this time of year, cut up my arms and through my pants. Quite a lot of evidence of hunting stands and posted signs everywhere. Got as close as I could trying my best to avoid posted areas which seemed to traverse the whole mountain at the 2nd power line cut. The consolation was a beautiful day.
Parked off of Rt 23. Walked in on Winnebago Rd as some others have done and then beyond dam. Yes, many posted signs but hoped it was ok to walk on the road. Bushwhacked quite steep terrain. Terrain then flattened, descended and then rose again steeply to summit. Circle of stones close to summit point. Not too much to see from summit but could see parts of the reservoir below.
Parked at end of Sandy Pond Rd. Wandered to summit following Wildwood Lake, compass. Found several woods roads ..... mostly on the descent:) Most of the climb was quite gradual rolling up and down until the final ascent to the summit which was steeper. Found cairn at summit described by other hikers. Nice warm day, what a contrast to prior Saturday when we did Taurus and parts of Breakneck Ridge with AMC.
Parked on Mine Hill Rd just past the high point at a small pull off point just before posted signs. Followed a woods road for a while. Saw the old mine buildings. The pathway petered out and I bushwhacked a while a little to the south and then came to another broader woods road which lead right up to the summit. Quite a few posted signs but kept to the woods road.
Followed suggestion of Brom and parked on Axford Ave on an NJ WMA parking area. Followed a narrow pathway/woods road for a while which eventually petered out. Kept in a SE direction, crossed a paved driveway and could see a house to my left. Found another better woods road and followed that for a while until it became clear I need to hang a left and bushwhack in the direction of County House Mountain. The going was relatively smooth and open and got steeper closer to the summit. Summit area was very clearly posted with multiple signs. I did not pass those signs but got as close as I could and then turned my thoughts toward Oxford Mountain.
After climbing County House headed towards Oxford but lost sense of direction and got turned around. So easy in the woods. Checked compass bearing and set course for sw. Reached col of Sykes gap after quite steep decline and terrain becoming very rocky. Quite different from County House. Climbed quite steeply to Oxford through prickles. Happy to be doing this in Jan. From the peak could see back to County House peek. Returned to Sykes Gap and followed quite a wide woods road back down to Axford Ave about half mile from where I started. This would have been an easier starting point.
Climbed Catfish Mountain whilst also looking to section hike the AT. Hiked from Camp Rd to Mohican Mtn and back and then a couple miles north. There was a light consistent rain until mid-afternoon. The rhododendrons leading up to Catfish Mtn were just awesome. So lucky to time my hike when they were in bloom.
Met Allen R. on the RD end to end traverse in April. He told me that he had just completed the NJ1K peaks, congratulations. This stimulated me to resume my quest. From past reading I knew that Hudson Farms has a day each year when they open for hikes. I contacted them and was very quickly given permission and a time and place to enter their property. Was directed to park just where the woods roads start. Followed woods roads in until the point where I realized I needed to start the bushwhack to Westby Ridge. Quite steep initially, negotiating rocks, but then leveled out and then crossed another more primative woods road close to summit. If I had continued on the original woods road further east I could have connected to this woods road. Ah but then it would have been less fun. Nothing to see on summit but took a coupe of photos. Next on to Wright Pond Cliffs.
Followed primative woods road down from Westby Ridge and connected to original woods road I had been on. Turned left (east) towards Wright Pond Cliffs. Initially took incorrect right turn and ended up in a a clearing where I was a amazed to see a beautiful Eagle souring from tree to tree. This was one of the hike hilites. Backtracked and then found the correct woods road which lead all the way to the summit. Just had a very short bushwhack finally to the summit point. Then continued on the fading woods road to the overlook where there was a fireplace and views to the pond below. Returned to my car. Texted my contact who said he was happy I enjoyed my hike. #41.
Hiked with AMC friends to Mt. Tammany, Sunfish Pond & Mt. Mohican. Took a lesser known trail, quite steep, spectacular views. Clear crisp dry day. Some snow on the ground a little inland.
Finally successful on 3rd attempt. Found the N/S ridge parallel to the white trail, turning south where the yellow trail bends to the north. Follow the ridge south for approx 10 mins. Found the high point with a southerly view to the Manhattan skyline. So beautiful up here. Rhododendrums in bloom. Just managed to avoid a copperhead.
Relatively easy ascent on a warm humid day. Took green trail to the viewpoint. A little further along the trail and then short bushwack to the right. Flat summit area.
Parked and took green trail and then bushwacked up to the cliffs. Then found a chute which then looped around a little and brought me out not too far from the summit area with table shown in several hikers photos and descriptions.
Hiked in from parking area 7 on Clinton Rd. Very scenic hike with lots of Mountain Laurel. Have to return in early June. Hiked Red trail to a right turn with sign saying "Split Rock". Unmarked trail but looks to be quite well maintained (perhaps by Project Use members?) several cairns and rocks leading the way. Beautiful summit with the Boulder Pine marking the peak. Not a long hike but one of favorites so far.