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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.
Did a walk from Ramapo Valley to Ilgenstein Rock and Bald Mountain. Once I got past MacMillan Reservoir, I didn't see anyone until Cactus Ledge near the end of the walk. Not too difficult except for the overall length of the walk. My hat off to those who do the Ramapo Four in one day!
Continued from Ilgenstein Rock to Bald Mountain on an un-named trail straight north from Pierson Exploration. Not a very scenic trail with lots of empty beer cans and car wrecks.
A nice hike with an adequate amount of bushwhacking. Lots of visitors near Scarlet Oak Pond and MacMillan Reservoir, but once I got on the Red/Silver trail, I didn't see anyone. Climbed up and back the north side. Not bad. Lots of blueberry bushes and not much barberry and multi-flora rose. Lots of gnats but no mosquitos yet.
Climbed up and down following the pipeline on the southwest side. Too easy. It felt like cheating! Next time I'll have to do a proper bushwhack!
Parked at the pull-off on Axford Avenue and went directly (more or less) toward the summit. Went as far as the No Trespassing signs.
I miss winter! It was in the low 80s today. Covered up to protect myself from the multiflora rose and barberry. Not too bad. Left doggies home today. Although the walk was only a mile and a half, it was bushwhacking the entire way.
Had a fairly easy walk in from Mine Hill Road. At the pull-off at 162 Mine Hill Road, someone had put up a "Private Property" sign. It probably isn't, but I parked at the top of the hill and walked down the 1/10th mile to the woods road. Lots of woods roads and lots of fenced off mines but was able to make it without too much difficulty to the summit. A proper road leads to the communications tower at the top with "No Trespassing" signs to the right. It looks like the road and land to the left are public. A good Covid-19 hike - nobody in sight. But I doubt if anyone comes up here except in the deer hunting season. Passed a couple of tree stands. Not much of a view from the summit. The trees are starting to "leaf out". Maybe better in the winter.
An easy walk from P7 parking lot. Lots of people headed toward Terrace Pond. Nobody on the trail to Boulder Pine Peak. A nice, quiet walk in the woods.
Practiced social distancing more than I planned to today. My two mile plan ended up being five.
Started at trailhead on Mountain Lake road. Followed trail and ATV paths along col until I decided it was time to head uphill. Not too bad a walk. Wandered around the top a while and found a cairn to which I added another rock. Coming back, I decided to follow an ATV trail headed toward the col. I wasn't paying attention to the map and ended up on Hope-Bridgeville Road (Rte 519) on the wrong side of the mountain! Whoops! I could have walked back up and over the hill but decided to walk along the road back to the trailhead - about 3 1/2 miles. Added to my file of Lessons Learned.