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I parked in field in Waterloo Village SP, which turned out to be a big mistake. I walked across Waterloo Road to Highland Trail trailhead. The trailhead is wide enough for a car and thereâ??s an open field about 100 yds, which would have been a better parking spot. I hiked to the viewpoint overlooking Waterloo lakes then took a left on an unmarked trail a short distance away from the viewpoint. Ihiked a short distance to the trailsâ?? highpoint and bushwhacked to the summit which I assumed to be a large boulder. I returned to the Highland Trail and continued further to the junction with the Pebble loop trail. I hiked the loop and returned to the parking area via the Highland Trail. I finished around 7pm and the gate to the parking area had been locked. I managed to drive my truck up a muddy embankment and squeezed between two boulders to get out.
I parked on a small cutout on Mine Hill Road across from a nice house and followed a woods rd. from the cutout
The area was very overgrown and I soon lost the road. I managed to find my way past a couple of fenced in mining sites and to the mining shed referenced by other hikers. From the shed, I followed a woods road that leads to a clearing and a T intersection where I turned left. This road led me right to the power line clearing. I followed a trail left and over the power line highpoint. The trail I was following shifts over to the right side of the power line clearing and soon veered off to the right. This path led to the paved road leading to the communications tower, which I followed to the top. I tried to return the way that I came , but it was extremely difficult. Very overgrown.
from the Ramapo Reservation parking area...I took the silver trail to the Halifax trail, past Hawk Rock with view of Ramapo College, to the gas pipeline and northern approach to the summit. You can hear the gas pipeline long before you get there. It seem much louder today than when I hiked up Rocky Mountain last summer. Anyway, i followed the pipeline cutout to its highest point and then found the summit a few feet away. Believe it or not, there was somewhat of a cool breeze on top even though temps. were rapidly approaching triple digits early in the morning. I returned going south on the pipeline cutout and took the red-silver trail to the orange-blazed schuber trail back to the silver trail with a stop at MacMillan reservoir.
I parked in the gravel lot at the intersection of Greenwood Lake Turnpike and East Shore Road. I took the sterling ridge trail past the Long Pond Iron Works to the yellow-blazed Jennings Hollow Trail. Heading north along the swampy Jennings Hollow, I left the trail and headed up the northeast side of Jennings Mountain. I eventually came to a rock cairn, different from the one in photos posted by others here. I don't believe this was the summit. I kept heading south and eventually found the the other cairn and summit. Returned the same way I came.
...after one previous unsuccessful attempt to find this summit, my strategy was to follow a spring that flows into Mountain Lake. I followed the spring up to a point where it looked to be nearest the summit. There was a trail that crossed the spring at this point. From here, I headed steeply uphill towards the summit. I found a log fort near the top and then spent about an hour roaming around the flat summit area looking for the true summit. I finally found it by heading directly northwest from the log fort. Strangely enough, a trail passes right next to the actual summmit, which is marked by a cairn. I took a bunch of different unmarked trails back to Mountain Lake trail and back to the parking lot by MOuntain Lake. Glad this one is done.
Parked at Mountain Lake trailhead. The Mountain Lake trail takes you withing about 200 yards of the summit. Stopped at the JJ #3 summit on my way to JJ#4. Obstructed views this time of year.
...continued hiking on Mountain Lake trail past JJ#3. I took the trail until i reached the col between JJ#3 and JJ#4. At this point, I headed southwest and steeply uphill quickly reaching two false summits. After hiking down into another semi-col and then back up, I reached the flat summit area.
I found the wood log cabin-like pile but this did not appear to be the high point. I continued to a point which appeared to possibly be the actual summit, but I did not find a cairn as described by others. With darkness approaching and being leery of hunters..I had to give up and return to my car. I don't think i can consider this ascent to be successful.
I approached from the NY side, parking on a dirt road just past an IBM building on Long Meadow Road. I took the dirt road around the southern end of Blue Lake where I made a right on another woods road that led up to a water tank. From here I hiked southeast to the summit. It got a little arduous near the summit with lots of blackberry bushes. I found the large boulder at the summit along with a small rock cairn. I,then made my way over to Black Rock. The viewpoint is incredible...one of the best spots of all the NJ1K hikes that i've done. I took a more direct route through the woods back to the woods road along the lake.
I parked at the Ramapo Valley County Reservation parking area off of Rt. 202. I started down the silver trail, passing Scarlet Oak Pond, and then connecting to the orange-blazed Schuber trail. This trail passes the MacMillan Reservoir and connects to the red/silver trail, which I took around the north end of Rocky Mountain. I made a left on the gas pipline clearing, took that to its highest point, amd scrambled the rest of the way to the summit. I found the rock cairn and then checked out the rocky overlook to the east. Manhattan skyline was barely visible in the haze. On the return trip, I took a refreshing swim in the reservoir.
I parked in the parking lot next to the railroad tracks just off of Rt. 23. I, then, walked down charlottesburg road, made a left on old Rt. 23 and then a right on Winnebago Rd, which was blocked to vehicles by a gate and lots of no trespassing signs. The road quickly crosses a brige over the Pequannock River. Right before a view of the reservoir dam, I took a woods road/trail on the left. There seemed to be numerous unmarked trials in this area and I tried to remain on an upward path. When the trail reached a point in between two rocky hills, I tried to bushwack my way to what appeared to be the summit. After considerable effort and not being sure that I had reached the summit, I returned to the trail and continued walking. The trail descended slightly and then wrapped around the other side of the summit and basically took me right to the summit area, which had numerous pitch pines and decent views.
I parked at the NJ Botanical Gardens parking lot A and followed the crossover trail around the edge of the gardens to the Halifax trail. The Halifax trail intersects with a red-blazed trial which leads to the summit. It was a fairly easy hike.....not really any views from the summit at this time of year, but nice views from an overlook halfway up.