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Last one! Parked at the Manaticut Point trailhead off of Crescent Rd and took the yellow/black trail to the yellow trail up to Manaticut Point. From there continued on blue/white for a few miles to the summit power lines. Just before the summit there was a washed out part of the trail so I bushwhacked around. Once at the summit I doubled back and took the trail down to Lake Sonoma and looped back to the car. It was a nice hike to end this challenge on.
Parked on Beech Rd and took the Hasenclever Iron Trail for a little bit before taking a woods road that went to the NJ/NY border. I ended up bushwhacking up the steep western side of the mountain and intersecting a woods road which took me to the overlooks. No views today so I continued on to the summit. From the NYNJTC maps there appears to be a woods road that goes along the summit but I couldn’t find anything so I bushwhacked to the highest point which looks to be the glacial erratic. From there I followed a faint path down the mountain and took the Hasenclever Iron Trail back to the car.
Parked at the end of Jenny Layne at the cul-de-sac and too a woods road up the side of the mountain. I bushwhacked up the steeper portions of the mountain, intersecting another woods road closer to the top. Made it to the summit and retraced my steps back to the car.
Parked at the end of Sand Pond Rd right before the gate. There is a faint herd path that eventually crosses the outlet of Lake Wildwood. From there it’s an easy bushwhack to some woods roads, some of which are labeled on the NYNJTC North Jersey Map #115. It was a mix of bushwhacking and following woods roads to the summit. Closer to the summit the woods road enters private property so I bushwhacked the final ~.3 to the cairn. I would stick to East of the woods road when you bushwhack as there are a few swampy areas with thick blowdown. I retraced my steps back to the car.
I called the Hudson Farms office earlier in the week and got permission. When you call specify that you’d like to hike on their Westby property location. I gave my name and number they could contact. I would also ask if there is any where specific they’d want you to park (they didn’t specify for me so I parked based on where others had previously parked near their woods operations). I double checked with an employee their who was not notified anyone was out hiking that day. He didn’t have a problem with me being out there and he double checked with his boss.
Ended up taking a combination of woods roads/trails up to Westby Ridge. Went up and down the same way and then onto Wright Pond Cliffs.
From Westby Ridge I backtracked and kept following a woods road up the mountain until I got to an observation post. Made it up to the true summit and went down to the view past the summit. Backtracked to the car using the same woods roads.
I parked near the Wildlife Management Area parking lot near 927 Rockport Rd. It’s hard to see but there is a sign that says “Parking Area” so I assumed it was ok although I do recommend you use a car with a decent amount of clearance as there is a pretty big dip when pulling off or back onto the road. After parking I began bushwhacking up the mountain. I ran into a few faint woods roads on the way up to the power lines. I crossed and then had another short bushwhack to the high point. I retraced my steps back to the parking area. Not nearly as many thickets, briars and blowdown as there was approaching from the pheasant farm.
Parked at a pull off on North Shore Rd. I took the Sussex Branch Trail and made a left on the green trail. I took this until I got past the posted signs and began bushwhacking up to the high point. I made it to the view without crossing any sign postings and retraced my steps back to the car.
Parked off of Mine Hill Road. I loaded the coordinates others had used for parking but there was a sign near the pull off that said private property. I opted to use a pull off (still on Mine Hill Rd) near Pinehurst Drive (private neighborhood but there were no sign postings where I parked) located on the south eastern side of the mountain. After figuring out parking I walked up the road until I reached the teal postings for town public land. I bushwhacked up the hill and followed the directions many others on here gave. I followed a vague woods road but lost it occasionally. Passed some of the mining buildings and eventually came out near the road to the summit. Met one of the landowners in the area as he was walking down and he informed me that it’s no problem to use the road to get up to the communications tower at the summit (I would still exercise caution even though there are no posted signs along the road). I followed more or less the same path back down.
Parked at the pull off of Axford Ave (or Oxford) and walked up the road to a woods road that headed in the direction of Sykes Gap. The road split but I kept to the left and this took me fairly close to the summit. I bushwhacked the final hundred feet to the summit and found a cairn that marked the high point. For the most part an easy bushwhack although there were some briars towards the top.
This one was tough. After leaving the summit of Oxford I descended into Sykes Gap, not taking the most direct route as it looked steep but regardless it was rocky and steep. Towards the bottom of the gap was some of the thickest brush I have encountered despite it being winter. It was slow going but I made my way across the gap and started bushwhacking up to County House. The initial ascent went ok but when the terrain levels off just before the final ascent up to the mountain there were a ton of briars. I was able to navigate through but it took more time and patience to make sure I didn’t get caught with thorns, especially in the face. Once I finally got through I went up as far as the posted signs mentioned by others. I turned around and tried a different route back to the car by completely avoiding Sykes Gap and heading straight for the woods road I was on before.
The toughest of them all, I made it as far as the second power line crossing and couldn’t figure out a way to not trespass. I started out at the Pheasant Farm and hiked up to the overlook. From there I followed a woods road up to the first power line cut and from there it was a gritty bushwhack. I eventually got to a plateau along the summit and after navigating around an impenetrable wall of blowdown and briars, found a road surrounded by yellow posted signs accompanied with barbed wire. I bushwhacked parallel the posted signs until I reached an intersection with O’Brian Rd. From there I couldn’t tell where to go next as there were a ton of sign postings along O’Brian Rd. I followed the road down the other side of the mountain for a bit but turned around because I couldn’t find an area where I wouldn’t trespass. I ended up backtracking and followed the sign postings down the other side of the ridge towards Rockport Rd where my car was but I didn’t find anything that way either. It was getting later and I decided to go back to my car without making the true summit. I’ll give this one to myself but will ultimately end up trying again someday to make the true summit, probably by trying a different route.
Parked at the Waterloo Village parking lot and crossed the street to the Highlands Trail since the trail head had not been plowed. Took the Highlands Trail up as close as I could get to the summit and then bushwhacked the final few hundred feet.
From Waterloo Mtn. I took the Highlands Trail down to the intersection with the White Trail. I took this until I got to an intersection with some posted signs. Followed an unmarked trail along the posted sign boundary until I got to the summit. I think the actual summit is within the posted signs so I took the large boulder to be the summit as it was close enough.
From Allamuchy Mtn. North, took a few unmarked trails from the summit that went down to a swampy area. Following some unmarked trails I eventually intersected with the purple Cardiac Trail. I took this all the way up until I got close to the summit and then bushwhacked the final stretch to the highest point.
Parked at the Ramapo Reservation parking lot and took the yellow trail up to the ridge overlook for sunrise. Eventually started making my way on the white trail until I got close to a woods road that lead to the gas line cut that goes up the mountain. Took that all the way to the top and followed a small herd path to the highest point.
From Drag Hill, made my way down back to where I split from the woods road to the gas line cut. From here I followed a collection of very muddy and wet woods roads that lead to some ruins below the summit. Followed a maintenance road to the top where the radio tower stands.
From the top of Bald Mountain, followed the woods road back to the base and began bushwhacking down into the valley between the peaks. No herd path or woods road to find until the very bottom. I followed a woods road north for a few hundred feet before turning left and bushwhacking to another set of woods roads that I took to a marked mountain bike trail that lead me to just before the summit ascent. Followed a red/white trail that took me to the summit.
From Mount Defiance I followed a combination of trails down from the mountain and up to the ridge Ilgenstein Rock lies on. Ultimately followed the yellow trail to get to the true summit and then continued past to the viewpoint.
I followed the trail down from Ilgenstein Rock and crossed Bear Swamp Brook. Took a left onto a semi paved road and continued up until I found a good place to begin my bushwhack. Shortly after I intersected the gas line cut and continued bushwhacking up some moderate terrain to the summit.
Parked at the baseball fields on Bigelow Rd. Walked the ~.2 miles to the start of the Four Birds Trail and made it up to White Pine Bluff before sunrise. After watching the sun rise retraced my track on the trail and bushwhacked to the summit. Took a faint herd path back to the trail and back to the car.
Parked at the Four Birds Trail road crossing pull off on 513. Took the trail up to the power line and continued on the trail to an overlook. After the overlook I turned around and took a woods road that continued to the summit. Retraced my steps back to the car.
Parked at the lot just before the one-lane underpass on Canistear Rd. Walked under the bridge and took the Highlands Trail up to just before the trail descends to Dunker Pond. Bushwhacked the final ~.1 mile to the summit.
Parked on a pull off on Rt 23. Followed a flat woods road until I ran into some posted signs. I did end up finding a faint herd path that to my knowledge didn’t cross private property. Made my way up to the summit and retraced my steps back to the car.
Parked at the pull off at the intersection of Rt 23 and Charlottesburg Rd and walked the ~.3 miles to Winnebago Rd. A lot of sign postage but only on either side of the road and not on the gate. Walked down the road until I found a woods road with no sign posting. Took a faint trail that had some yellow flagging and got just below the summit. Did some rock scrambling and wading through thick brush and got to the summit and the views to the west. Followed the same route back to the car.
Parked at the Pochuck Boardwalk trail head. Walked the boardwalk and took the AT up to Pinwheel Vista. From there continued to the mailbox and made a right onto the blue blazed trail. Hard to follow at times but took this until the trail was perpendicular to the summit. Bushwhacked over a small bump and intersected a woods road below the summit. Bushwhacked up to the highest point and found a small cairn at the top. On the way back I followed the woods road until it appeared to not be taking me back in the right direction and then bushwhacked back to the blue trail and retraced my steps to the car.
Parked at the historical village parking lot just after Beech Rd. Hiked through the older buildings/ruins and up the Highlands trail. Turned off on the yellow trail for Jennings Hollow and past the wetlands between Big Beech and Jennings. Saw a beaver lodge but no beavers to be found. Just after the first difficult stream crossing I bushwhacked up the steep hill to the left of the trail. It was easy but very steep bushwhacking made more difficult by all the leaves on the ground. Got to the summit cairn and traversed the summit to the north before turning right and bushwhacking down a less steep route to the yellow trail.
After Jennings Mountain I continued on the yellow trail and eventually got to the Lake to Lake trail. Took this up to the Highlands trail/Sterling Ridge trail intersection and headed up to the summit. Hiked back down and looped back to the car at the historical village parking lot.