Started from the parking area at the Rockport Pheasant Farm alongside of Rockport road. Crossed the road and followed signs for the overlook along a grassy road next to old bird pens. Once further up the ridge I bushwhacked thru mostly open woods with some areas of briars, espically at the two power line clearings I crossed. I first crossed over a rocky false summit before dropping down to the second power line crossing then up thru the woods to Upper Pohatcong's summit which is along a woods road that is posted to the east side of the mountain. The west side of the ridge was heavly posted but I did not cross any private property signs to get to the summit. Headed back out the same way. Stopped off at the pheasant farm to check out some of the birds.
Started from a parking area on the southwest side of Mine Hill road just below its high point. The land was posted for public use, as its part of Warren County (Township) open space. I follwed an old woods road uphill in a southwesterly direction passing many fenced in areas. Looked like old mine audits. Passed another old building filled with rock cores from the mines and one more old brick building before climbing uphill thru open woods to a powerline the Eric had used. Turned left and uphill for 150 feet till i came upon a woods road wich ran southwest and was posted on both sides. After .15 miles it connected withan old alsphalt road which runs uphill to an old cell tower and building at the summit. Headed back out the same way as I came in, checking out the old mines audits and buildings on the way out.
Even though it was drizzling and misty on all three hikes and the woods where wet. I found three ticks on my body when I got home, including one the had started to dig in and had to be carefully be removed. Check yourself good when you get out of the woods as apparently its tick season in Jersey
From the picinic area in the Mahlon Dickerson Reservation I followed the Pine Swamp loop in a counterclockwise direction to the high point and then back to the picinic area and parking lot.
Nice 3.8 mile loop hike over a well packed twi inch snow base. Nice Hemlock grove just prior to the climb up to the Morris County High Point
Started off from the parking area located in the small Sparta Glen Park next to a sign board. Bushwhacked northeasterly crossing the small stream on an ice bridge before heading steeply uphill into a small ravine where I veered a bit more easterly up thru some small rock outcrops before arriving at the summit area. Checked out the east side for views then headed south along east side of summit ridge to a nice viewpoint from atop of a small rock outcrop. Has a southerly view over Sparta and and a lake further off in the distance.
Headed back down the southwest face of the ridge directly to the parking area.
Parked at a pull off on North Shore Road just south of Route 206. Followed and old railroad bed northwest for .15 miles to a green blazed trail. Turned south on the green blazed trail heading uphill towards Whitehall Hill following along the posted private property signs.
Seems the summit high point is posted.
Headed back out the same way following my boot tracks in the snow. Nice erratics and cliifs throughout the woods. Also nice picinic table up top ???
Started off at parking area P-3 on Clinton road followed the Buckabear Pond trail west to the Highlands trial. The crossing of the beaver dam at the south end of Buckabear pond was interesting to say the least. Continued west on the highlands trail to just past the crossing of the outlet of Dunker Pond in a narrow hemlock filled rocky george. After the crossing I whacked up the east face of Dunker Mountain to its summit. Headed back out the same way. After 8.8 miles I was back at parking area P-3 and my car.
Started from the AT parking area at the rte 940 crossing and headed north on the AT. As i was heading towards the mountain I noticed is was white from around the half way point to the summit. As I got higher up around 1000 feet in elevation I began encountering downed trees and heavy icing conditions. Continued climbing up to the Pinwheel Vista and then to the signed junction of the old route of the AT at 1.3 mile from rte 94. Follwed the blue blazed former AT route south for .80 miles of crawling under over and or around large fallen tree tops and downed limbs. Once at a point where I crossed a stream in a small col, I took a 210 degree bearing for the .5 mile bushwhack to the mountains highpoint. Arrived at a small open area at the summit with an old fire ring atop the open rock. Headed back out the way I headed in stopping off at a vista on the old AT route.Stopped off at the Pinwheel vista on the way back out and then continued back out on the AT ducking and weaving my way back past all the downed trees. Lot of ice damage above 1000 feet. Also scary listening to large tree tops and limbs occasionally crasing down to the ground.
Parked at the NWCDC office at the south end of Echo Lake and followed the HIghlands trail west to the base of the north ridge of Kanouse Mtn. scrambled up thru the large boulders that cover the east face and then continued up thru the cliffy bands above the talus field. Once on ridge bushwhacked southwest till I came upon a woods road which I followed up and over the high point of the ridge. Continued on till the southwest point of the ridge at the viewpoint with the star. Worked my way along the top of the cliffs on the east face checking out the fine southerly views with the fall colors on the trees. Headed back to the woods road and the col where I bushwhacked northeasterly back to the highlands trail.
Parked at a small pulloff on the west side of route 513 just north of the Four Birds trail crossing. Hiked north on the Four Birds trail till it turns hard right onto and eroded woods road where I was passed by four dirt bikes. Continued past where the trail markers turned right of the eroded woods road till I was just below the col. Took a southwest bearing thru the open woods and intercepted a woods road running along the top of the Green Pond Mtn. ridge followed the woods road to the wooded high high point, which is just off the woods road to the east. Followed the woods road back out looking for viewpoints off the east side of ridge. Once back at the junction with the four birds trail I continued north on the trail for approx .3 mile to a fine lookout from atop a 150 foot high cliff. Decided to head back out at this point and save Mount Newfoundland for another day. Followed the Four Birds trail back to the south and the rte 513 crossing.
After watching the soccer mom invasion in the parking lot at the C.O. Johnson park for fifteen minutes Eric and JSB showed up and we on our way to the first peak of the day. Walked up the paved access road for the park and headed into the woods. Eric picked up a woods road which we followed past a dried up pond area with views of the cliffs on the east face of Wright Peak (soon to be renamed) once at the base we headed steeply up a chute between two large cliffs and soon where above the cliff tops where we veered off to the right and the top of a nice viewpoint that was fogged in when we arrived. A short walk up an old woods road brought us to the true summit. Stopped for a short break for Eric to take out the topo for a bearing to Stag Pond Ridge.
Once we had our bearing from atop Wright Peak Eric led myself and JSB on a northwesterly bearing down the steep and rocky moss covered western side of Wright Peak into a hemlock studded col between the peaks and then began the climb up the southern face of Stag Pond Peak with many open rocks and small ledges to negoiate to the summit of peak number two of the day. Once again we stopped off at the summit for a short break and made a group desicision to bushwhack over to Mohawk Mountains summit a little over a mile to the north.
Started from a large parking area along route 565 direcly across from Tall Timbers Road. Took a 140 degree bearing and fought my way thru .15 miles of thick brush, briars and saplings in a swampy area. This area would be near impassable if there would have been wet weather recently. After clearing the swampy area the woods openend up at the western base of the ridge. I headed up the sometimes rocky hillside with lots of blowdowns using two old woods roads to ease travel and was soon at the wooded summit, which has two USGS benchmark embeded in the rock near the summit. Headed back out on a reverse course after looking for any viewpoint. Had to fight my way back thru the swapmy area with a few cut from the briars before comming out 150 feet south of where I headed in.
After parking in a large parking area along Sand Pond road on the right side of the road just before a gate blocking the road at private property. I headed into the woods dropping down over ledges and crossing the outlet stream of Lake Wildwood skirting private property to the east. After approx. .25 miles I intercepted a woods road which I followed for a few hundred feet before taking a second easterly bearing thru open rocky woods to the shoulder of a 1400 high bump, where I took a more northeasterly bearing for a straight shot to the summit of Hamburg Mountain High Point. Hit the summit approx. 350 feet south of the large carin which marks the high point. Followed reverse bearings from those used on the way in back to my car.
Parked a pulloff on the south side of route 23 at the north end of the ridge leading down from the summit of Mount Gerard. Took a compass bearing for the summit and headed uphill thru the woods and shortly came upon a herd path heading towards the summit which dissapered after a while. As I got closer to the summit came upon a second distinct footpath which lead right to the summit rock. Followed the path back out to the north. The path descends the west side of the ridge and eventually ended up on a wide grassy woods road, which I followed north for 500 feet or so, and came out on route 23 50 feet west of my car.
Hiked in via the Old Coal trail to the very snall carin which marks the well defined and easily followed herd path over to the high point. A very pleasant woods walk.
Started out at parking area P-4 of the Pequannock Watershed and followed the teal/white blazes of the combined Twin Ponds and Highlands trail north thru shaded Hemlock groves over two low ridges and then a short climb to the intersection of the yellow blazed Fire Tower West trail. at 1.0 miles from Clinton Road. Continued North on the yellow/teal blazed Fire Tower West/Highlands trail along the ridge for 1.1 miles to the highpoint and the Bearfort Fire Tower. Climbed up to the highest landing for breath taking 360 degree views, which encompassed everything from the towers of Manhatten off to the southeast, Clinton Reservoir and Green Pond Mountain off to the south, Cedar Pond and Boulder Pine peak to the west, and what appeared to be the Catskills way off on the northerly horizon. Headed back down the red blazed Fire Tower Ridge trail till it intersected a blue blazed trail, which I followed west for approx. .15 miles till it intersected the yellow/teal blazes of the Fire Tower West/Highlands trail. Headed back south on the Highlands trail to parking area P-4 on Clinton Road.
This has to be one of my favorite NJ1K peaks, with trails thru Hemlock Groves, over opens rock along the ridge at some point and sections with a carpet of green moss.
Hiked up the sparsely yellow blazed Mountain Lakes Trail for approx. .80 miles to the high point on trail and then bushwhacked south and easily uphill for .15 mile +/- to the rock slab surrounded by woods that is the summit of Jenny Jump #3. Bushwhacked back down to the Mountain Lakes Trail and headed for Jenny Jump #4
After getting back down to the Mountain Lake Trail I continued following the yellow balzed trail down into a col and then back nearly to the summit of the high point between Jenny Jump #3 and #4. headed back down into another col and then bushwhacked southwesterly for approx. .50 mi +/- to the entirely wooded summit of Jenny Jump#4. Bushwhacked back down to the woods road I followed over from Jenny Jump #3 and follwed the same woods roads and trails back out to the parking area on Mountain Lake Road
Started from parking area on north side of Rte 31 at top of hill. Headed northeast into woods climbing up a rocky hillside to the summmit of an intermediate bump with an elevation of 888 feet, which I promptly dubbed hill 888. Continued bushwhacking northeasterly on a bearing for the summit of Oxford Mountain. Intercepted a woods road as I was descending into a col and followed it towards Oxford Mountains summit. The woods road ran below and to the west of the summit, so once I was near the highpoint I headed east for approx. .10 miles to the wooded high point of Oxford Mountain. Headed back out the same way.
Hiked in from Otter Hole heading north on the Otter Hole trail to its junction with the Wyanokie Crest trail, which up took steeply up and over Buck Mountain passing over the painted yellow x at the summit of Buck Mountain and continuing north to the junction with Wyanokie Circular which I followed south to the Otter Hole trail which I followed south back out to Glenwild Ave's parking area
After getting back from doing Buck Mountain I continued south on the Hewitt Butler trail climbing to the summit of Torne Mountain. Stopped off at the stone living room before continuing towards Osio Rock. After climbing to Osio Rock I headed back using the red blazed Torne trail around Torne Mountain back out to Glenwild Ave.