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Done as part of the Highlands Trail. Previously, I did it from Stirling Forest. Today, it was from Long Pond Iron Works. Although it was more strenuous coming from the south, it was much more scenic too.
Done as part of the Highlands Trail. Gorgeous. Some downed trees from Isaias, but nothing too difficult to get around.
Did as part of the Highlands Trail. Lovely.
An easy walk with my hiking buddy from Hudson Farms Westby. Followed the dirt road to within 20 yards of the summit. From here, on to Westby Ridge and the end of my quest!
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 as part of the Highlands Trail. A short, not-too-difficult bushwhack off the HT.
I was here several times in the past, but didn't bushwhack off the trail to the "official" high point. Today, I was on the trail doing invasive species surveying for the NY-NJ Trail Conference, so I decided to take a detour to the high point coordinates. Nothing to see, but now I'm official!
After reading all the reports, I was apprehensive about this walk. With the brambles and the No Trespassing signs. But it wasn't too awful. It was challenging with the brambles and that we didn't find much in the way of trails to follow. And it was hot and humid today. But we took our time.
Parked on state land near 927 Rockport Road and started on an ATV trail, but it quickly disappeared into the brambles. After that, made it across the powerline and a more-or-less direct route to the summit. No view from the summit. Less than 2 miles round-trip. We found a few No Trespassing signs, but one of my hiking buddies (works for the State of NJ wildlife division), confirmed we were on state property and could ignore the signs.
Moderately easy walk up. Sussex Branch Trail from the Park-and-Ride to the Green Trail and bushwhack at a promising site. I must have been far enough west on the Green Trail that I didn't see any No Trespassing signs. Took the same route back - 1 1/2 miles round trip. As usual on a weekday, no one else was out.
Trying to get more hikes in before the mosquitos come out! It was an easy walk from the Blue Lake parking lot via the Lake-to-Lake trail and Highlands trail. The high point appears to be immediately adjacent to the trail, but I hiked to the coordinates and placed another rock on the cairn at that spot. I don't know what it's like on the weekend, but nobody was on the trail, and just a couple of fishermen near Blue Lake.
No cars parked along the road, nobody on the Mountain. Fairly cool today with low humidity and no mosquitos (yet). Parked in pull-off across the street from the bridge over the Wanaque River. Hiked Yellow trail 0.8 miles north to where a woods road splits off to the northwest. Took it about 1/4 mile to it's high point, then bushwhacked about 0.6 miles to the summit. 3.5 miles overall roundtrip. The bushwhacking was moderately easy with just blueberry bushes (not ripe yet) to walk through. The only challenges were the small ridges and valleys along the summit.