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.
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.