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Lollipop loop. Statrting at Deckertown Turnpike and using the Appalchian trail to the Cartwright Trail, Swenson Trail, Tinsley Trail and the Appalchian Trail back north over the sunnit of Sunrise Mnt. As part of making my own personal GPS map of the AT route thru NJ
Saplings at the summit are starting to obscure the view way more than my first visit here years ago.
Hiked up to High Point from route 519 and the east side of the mountain via the Appalachian Trail. As part of a tweleve mile loop hike using various trails in High Point State Park
Up from rte 94 past pinwheel vista. Headed further north on AT and followed and old woods road down to Barrett Road after the first stream crossing on the AT north of the top of Wawayanda Ridge. Walked uphill along Barrett Road for approx. .25 miles till I intersected state land markers. Bushwhacked east to the Hemlock Ravine drainage. Once at the stream I did the bushwahck upstream with some difficut bouldery conditions and many blowdown Hemlocks. Headed back the AT south to the jct with the old AT. Followed it south crossing the top of a drainge and then whacked to Wawayanda's high point. Back out to Pin Wheel vista for a twenty minute rest. Before heading back to my car at rte 94
Met Eric and JSB plus a photographer from the Star-Ledger for a quick hike. Came in from the south using snowshoes the whole trip. After the steep climb up to the summit, we took a short westward trip over into New York and to possibly one of the best viewpoints in New Jersey.
Seems it will be called Black Rock viewpoint, after speaking to some locals after our hike as that is what they had called it for as long as they can remember.
Took a slighly different route out so as not to retrace our steps.
Hmmm after spending the day on snowshoes, maybe I will try for the Winter NJ1K. But then again how often is there enough snow in Jersey to seem like winter conditions
Trip Report: Started from a driveway leading to a Newark Watershed building just to the south of the railroad overpass on old Route 23. Noticed no way to cross the Pequannock River safely so I used a very hairy railroad bridge to gain access to the far side. Left the railroad after crossing over the river and headed up thru open woods to a very huge rock. Climbed up the Northern knob thru heavy mountain laurel and some massive boulders. Started snowing heavily at this point. Dropped south into a col with the back of homes visable to the east. Headed up the high points cone and picked what appeared to be the highest point out of three distinct high point outcroppings. Looked to be some views to the east if it was not close to whiteout conditions. Headed back to the col and followed a woods road for a bit to the northwest and then skirted below large rock outcrops back to the huge roack and eventually the railroad tracks. once againg crossing over the sketchy bridge. No walkway, no railings, and open ties. A quick 1.6 mile long trek to start the day. Left the camera in my Jeep once again.
Started from the upper parking area along the Warwick Tpk. After putting on some layers I stepped out in to a virtual blizzard. Took the blue blazed trail down across the bridge over Green Brook and then began the climb up over the snowed covered rocks to the junction with the white blazed Bearfort Ridge trail. Took the trail north climbing upwards into worsening conditions. Followed the trail to its junction with the yellow balzed Ernest Walter trail at which point a gust of wind put me down. Headed west along the yellow balzed trail to the point where it turns sharply north. Then south along the ridge to the true high point, continued till I arrived at the second bump on the ridge. Turned around at this point. My tracks from the walk in where snowed in. Headed back the same way once I arrived back at the yellow balzed trail.Driving thur West Milford noticed the tempature was 12 degrees on a sign. Burrrrrr great hike on a very snowy day in far north jersey.
In from route 31 and down thru Sykes Gap. Up to the posted signs and back out to route 31. Seen four Black Bears parading down into Sykes Gap
White trail to the Ditch/Cardiac loop up an dover the high point
Came in from Millbrook road and HIgh Point trail
All four sides of the peak where heavily posted. So I did not attemp this peak
Headed up from the northeast statring on Burnt Meadow Road and following the Burnt Meadow trail west to its junction with the Hewitt Butler trail which I followed south thru three inches of snow. Once at the summit I reversed course and headed back out the same way. Beatiful snow filled woods and blue skies overhead.
Up the Four Birds trail fro it's north end, to the viewpoint and then up and over the highpoint and back out the Four Birds trail
Hiked in from the south after following the Four Birds trail north from its crossing of Split Rock road up and over the first rocky bump to the first drainage you encounter, Whacked north along the stream and found a pink blazed old woods road. Headed uphill thru a boy scout camp??? Passsing by a very old cemetary (Winters Cem.) then a short distance from the boy scout camp to the summit. Headed back out more or less the same way. Crossed another yellow blazed woods road on the way out, and just below the boy scout camp.
Began on Route 206 near the Mountaintop Diner. Did not park at the diner but just south at a pulloff on the east side of the road. Walked north along 206 past the diner, then up an old woods road to a path along a fenced in self storgae place skirting private property signs to the east. Crossed a wet swampy area before climbing up a rocky escarpment to a fine viewpoint overlooking Whitehall Mt. and Cranberry Lake to the west followed the ridge passing over a bald outcropping with a large carin. Crossed over a paved private road which goes to a business just to the south of the summit outcrop. Area just to the south and southeast is posted land. Headed back out the in the same general direction looking for additional views.
The northern end of the peak is heavily posted near Wright Pond and Wolf Lake just east of the C.O. johnson Park.
The Thornfell the painless way.
Found a small parking area along Great Meadows Road on the east side of the road approx half way up the hill after passing the Land Of Make Believe. Whacked up the steep hillside and started sidehilling northeast. Came upon a white blazed trail.
Left the trail in a col/hemlock grove and followed the ridge uphill and northeasterly encountering the white blazed trail once again. Followed the white blazed trail, passing a blue blazed trail to to left. Continued on the white blazed trail which passes 200 feet to the northwest of the Thornfells summit carin. Pushed my way southeast thru two hundred feet of pickers, which were not all that bad, to the summit carin. Headed back to the white blazed trail following it southwest. Took the short two hundred foot blue blazed spur to a semi open view of the Delaware Water Gap. Continued following the white blazed trail which began to descend into a hemlock grove that I crossed through on the way in. Followed the white trail which sidehilled then eventually headed down some rock steps and came out on the road fifty feet downhill from where I had parked.
You can follow this white blazed trail from the pulloff to just morthwest of the summit carin. Nice and easy with only a minimal amount of pickers to deal with.