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Ascended from Warwick Turnpike.
Summited Hasenclever Hill via Blue Lake, then over to Black Rock viewpoint.
Back home for Christmas, did Wyanokie Torne and Osio Rock with my dad and brother.
Haven't been up to the Torne in a long time so I decided to snowshoe it with my good buddy Jason. Good times trudging through deep snow.
Did this because we were already in the area doing the Torne. Ridiculous. Trail wasn't broken out and we were falling through 3 feet of snow even on snowshoes.
A nice snowshoe through the woods with good company: Jeff, Bill and a Star-Ledger reporter.
Stonetown Circular trail run. 2 hours, 15 minutes.
Took the same route as Hoosier did, though there is a better parking option if you start from the end of Green Hill Road in the gated community of Smoke Rise. Haven't tried this option and I don't even know if you can get past security.
I'm glad that I finished on such a splendid mountain complete with pitch pines (my favorite), viewpoints and rocky cliffs. It's been a long journey that has brought me to so many places I would never have otherwise gone to. Before I embarked on my quest for the 1,000 footers, my concept of hiking destinations in NJ was limited to the Kittatinnies. But over the past two years of exploring New Jersey's obscure hills, I discovered an impressive patchwork of public land: state parks and forests, wildlife management areas, county preserves, conservation easements, etc., all of which allow us to enjoy the outdoors.
Started out by the Mountain Lake trailhead and took the trail basically to the top. It's just a short bushwhack to the true summit bump, which is a rock outcropping with a bunch of cedar.
After getting to the col between JJ3 and JJ4, we followed some woods roads uphill to a false summit. From there, we bushwhacked down, found some cool swampy area, and then went for the final summit push. Came across some more woods roads (they're all over the place here) until we made our way to the broad summit area. Finding the exact highest point was tough but we built a cairn where we think the summit is.
Started out at the pull off by Tall Timbers Road and bushwhacked through the thick swampy area before coming to some open woods. Headed straight up the mountain and hit some woods roads before hitting the final summit outcropping. Spooked a buck with a nice set of antlers. Came across the tepee near the summit and then headed south to the true summit. Found the two benchmarks just feet from the highest point. From the summit, there are partial winter views east and west. I sat at the summit for a while, listening to trees swaying in the wind, hawks screeching above me and Michael Jackson's "Beat It" wafting up from the Vernon Valley. Ah, Jersey. On my way down, I explored a hemlock grove on the mountains western flank. Came across some more deer. One of them wanted to pick a fight with me and started stomping.
I eventually found my way back to the swampy area and in minutes I was back at my car.