Started at Ringwood Manor and took Hasenclever Iron Trail towards Hope Mountain. After going up Hope, descended into the col between Hope and Hasenclever. Went up the southeast face. Did not feel the urge to scale the massive boulder in the summit area. Descended the southeast face and took the dirt road in the col back to the powerline right-of-way, and then the Hasenclever Iron Trail back to Ringwood Manor.
Used the approach suggested by Don Wiese from East Shore Road. This was easy to follow. As I followed the Jennings Hollow Trail, I looked at the bog in Jennings Hollow and decided I did not want to cross it. I turned onto the Lake to Lake Trail at the NY/NJ state line, and folloowed that up to the Sterling Ridge Trail to the summit. There were several high point candidates, so I visited them all. Took reverse route down, with intent to scale Jennings.
Went up the northeast face after departing the Jennings Hollow Trail. The climb was fairly steep for a NJ1k peak. Lots of interesting of rock formations all over Jennings. The summit area was indeed as peaceful as advertised. Went down the east face, in a similar route described by Jeff Bennett. Steep at times, but certainly passable. I wish I had ascended Jennings on the southeast or south face, but there's always next time.
Parked at the campsite area near JJSF headquarters. Went up the east face and came back down the northwest face. This is one of the steeper acsents I have done to this point in New Jersey.
Followed the Summit Trail from the JJSF camping area. Pleasant ridge walk to the summit, with viewpoints to the north and south.
I parked on Hope-Great Meadow Road, 2.5 miles from the intersection with Route 521. The area was marked as a bus turnaround, just southwest of the pond abutting the road. I took an unmarked trail that I saw to the east of the pond. The trail continues until it gets to a woods road with blue markings, which appear ro be a property boundary. I turned left. I followed this northwest until the dirt road split, with the markings going further northwest. I took the unbmarked woods road, which heaqded northeast toward the summit. I wound up in a swampy area, which is likely the same swamp that Ed Wandall noted in his trip report. Since I did this in mid-January, it was easy to cross; I suspect it would be less fun in warmer weather. I went up the side of the ridge, and the briars appeared in droves. The reports of briars are not exaggerated, they are everywhere. As I made it to the crest of the ridge, I found the white blazed trail noted by William Maurer, which was beautifully maintained. I took this near the summit, then braved more briars to get to the summit cairn. After fording through more briars to link back up with the white blazed trail, I followed it down the southwest face of the ridge. I found a woods road, which had the blue property boundary markings as I saw on the way in. Following the boundary markers, I arrived at the point where I began to bushwhack through the swamp.
In short -- had I followed the blue boundary markers to the northwest when I hit the fork in the roiad, I would have found the white trail and avoided many of the briars. I really enjoyed this peak!
Approached from the south via the pipeline, which I accessed by the Red-Silver Trail.
Used gas line to approach from the west side of Rocky. short climb up from the gas line. Nice summit area.
Approached on Hoeferlin Trail from Cannonball Trail, approaching from the south. Nice views south of summit area.
Approached from the east side of the mountain via service road. Many abandoned houses and dead car carcasses south of Bald.
Parked at the lot on the corner of NJ23 and Canistear Road. Followed Highlands Trail, then bushwhacked south to the summit area. There were about two inches of snow on the ground, which slowed my sons down quite a bit.
Parked in the NJ23 rest area and followed drainage ditch up the hill towards the ridge. Followed ridge contour, and stumbled upon a herd path headed towards the summit area. Great views of Charlottesburg Reservoir. Fantastic Thanksgiving early afternoon hike.
Tried to follow the telephone line right of way that was refernced in Eric Koppel's trip report. The brush was just too thick, so I decided to turn back. This approach had some driveways passing through the right of way, so it was a little uncomfortable to use the right of way for me.
Next, I tried to use an approach along Mine Hill Road from the North, only to find that the state land was cut off from the summit on the North side by private property. So, I decided to come back another time for Fairway.
Parked at the lot on NJ 31 as described by Ed Wandall. Straightforward bushwhack to the summit.
Bushwhacked over from Oxford Mountain via Sykes Gap. Found posted signs about 0.1 miles from summit, as Eric Koppel described.
This was a disappointing attempt. I parked at the Rockport Pheasant Farm and approached the ridge as several others described. At a point on the ridge about 0.7 miles West of the summit, I discovered that posted signs stood between me and advancing any further towards the summit. I walked across the width of the ridge, only to find posted signs everywhere I looked. I then took the scenic route back to my vehicle due to approaching sunset.
Approached from the North on the Appalachian Trail.
Went up the Halifax Trail to the Ringwood Ramapo Trail. The Fall Festival at NJ Botanical Gardens provided a musical backdrop.
Nice climb from Otterhole parking area on Glenwild Ave in West Milford. On the last try, I stopped at the southern false peak of Buck.