I should have used Steve Welgoss' directions!
I parked at a pull-off on Axford Avenue, just north of the stream and started bushwacking from there. I crossed several ATV trails, but they always seemed to be heading in the wrong directions. But the multi-flora rose and barberry wasn't bad on the way up. Found a rockpile at the summit and added a few addition stones. On the way down, I found an ATV trail that took me back to Axford Avenue. Overall, it was less than two miles round trip. Not much of a view from the top. Not a difficult walk.
I did the same hike as Peter D. Like him, I lost the ATV at the top of the first ridge but was able to find another when descending from the summit. Lots of trash on the south side of Hasenclever Hill. The trail goes by Jehovah's Witnesses World Headquarters at the south end of Blue Lake. It pretty impressive and looks like a modern resort-conference center but not a soul in sight!
What a gorgeous walk! Will definitely be back to do this again!
Did and out-and-back from the Stone Town Recreation Center following the Red Trail. A good climb but nothing scary. A warm Sunday afternoon in March and lots of people were on the trail. Best views were on Little Windbeam and the hill just north of it. Windbeam itself was flat and forested at the top. There was what appeared to be a glacial erratic at the summit. I place a coupled more rocks on top.
I tried to do this hike from the ATV trail that intersects Mud Pond Trail, but no one answered the intercom to let me in the gate. So instead, I drove to the parking lot at the end of Sand Pond Road and started from there. About a 1/4 mile south of the parking lot, a woods road crosses Sand Pond Road. This trail is not on the NYNJTC map but it does turn into the TC trail that dead-ends south of Lake Wildwood.
So I bushwhacked, crossing the Lake Wildwood stream (easy), until I stumbled upon the woods road. From there, it was an easy walk to within a couple hundred yards of the high point. A cairn marks the spot. No view from the summit, but it was a nice, quiet walk in the woods.
Hiked from the marina on State Line Trail to the AT, south of Ernest Walter toward the peak. Where Ernest Walter heads east, the turn is well-marked. The trail to the peak is blazed green-on-white and was fairly easy to follow. The peak is only 10 or 20 yards off the trail and is marked with a cairn. Took yellow trail to Surprise Lake and back to State Line Trail. Took 12-yo doggie Ryan today. Encountered two challenging ledges. One was on the AT just south of State Line Trail. The other was on Yellow, south of West Pond on the way back up to Bearfort Ridge Trail. I tried this route two months ago with my 15-yo doggie, but she could handle these ledges. I'm guessing they were about 8 to 10 feet and I couldn't find any alternate routes nearby.
Started at cul-de-sac at end of Jenny Layne. There's a dirt trail there - looks like construction vehicles use it to go up the hillside. Took the trail to its end and bushwhacked the remaining 150 yards to the top, crossing an ATV trail on the way up. Obstructed views at the top, but nice and quiet. Backtracked and took the ATV trail down. It joins Jenny Layne about 100 yards from the cul-de-sac, at a low spot on the road. Not obvious until you're on it.
Parked in the lot off Rte 23 at Charlottesburg Road. Walked to Old 23 to Timberbrook Road which becomes Winebago Road. I found the Jersey barriers referenced by Brian Lubbert and started bushwhacking from there. After descending the first hill, I found Brian's ATV trail. This trail passes in the col between Buck Mountain and the 980' rise just to the west of it. Seeing no other options, I bushwhacked to the top of Buck Mountain. Near the top someone had left a few old chairs and other litter around a fire ring. I wish people would pick up their trash :(
The summit is enmeshed in bushes and thorns. I'm glad I was bundled up for the cold (10 F today). The multiple layers of clothing provided relatively good protection. I'm also glad I didn't bring my doggies. I don't think they could have made it through the shrubbery.
On the return, I picked up the ATV trail and followed it south and west, all the way to Winebago Road. This trail joins the road just before the road dips and crosses a stream, about 4/10 mile south of the damn. After the trail passes to the west of Buck Mountain, it continues north, but I don't know where it ends. I thought it might stop at Green Hill Road in Smoke Rise, but it might veer to the northwest and rejoin Winebago Road. Just south of the damn, an ATV trail cuts off to the east, but I did not explore this.
An easy walk with Ryan.
Took the ATV trail from Jenny Jump Road to the Blue Trail to the summit. "Thanks" to the trail maintainers. Large trees blocking the trail had been cleared and I had a nice walk to the top.
The trail conference map indicates a view point just south of the Tornfell summit. I didn't find the spur trail, so I bushwacked to the "star". Not a great view. The view point just north of the summit was better and was right on the trail.
Ryan and I reached the summit following the ridge for about 30 yards from the south. A fairly easy bushwhack, but everything's easier in January!
An easy walk from Notch Road to the summit using ATV roads. Did some wandering around at the top. Nobody else here on a chilly January afternoon.
Another lovely hike on a cold, but sunny, winter day. I parked where the Blue Trail starts at Rte 617. It's marked as a parking spot on the Trail Conference map, but it has space for only one car. And with the snow and ice on the side of the road, it was more like a half a spot today! After finishing the walk, I realized I could have parked at the north end of Mountain Lake and had a shorter walk. Well, at least I had time today to check out the woods roads to Jenny Jump 4. The Trail Conference doesn't show them, but there were several going in he right direction. I know it's a short walk to Jenny Jump 4 from where I was, but I was running out of time today. And it's an excuse to re-visit a very pretty area.
The hike up Blue Trail was easy and the bushwhack to the summit was not difficult. I like hiking in the winter! We've not had much snow so the bushwhacking is not hard. I imagine it's not as much fun in the summer time. Another tick-free hike.