High Mountain

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High Mountain

Hike to a panoramic view of the New York City skyline.

4.3 miles. Surface is very rocky and rutted, not too steep up to the view.

  • Shorter: 3.4 miles out-and-back to the view
  • Longer: ~6 miles – come back using YELLOW to WHITE to RED
  • Longer: ~8 miles – continue to another view on YELLOW in the middle of the park, then back WHITE to RED
  • Combo: Stop by Great Falls too, about 15 min away.

Our two cents:

Nice forest, with surprisingly little traffic noise, plop in the middle of a densely populated area. Low mileage and minor elevation gain makes this a doable loop with nice view payoff.

Not fans of the trail surface which leans towards rutted, ankle-roller rocky woods roads that hold a lot of water after heavy rain.

Updated: 4/2020 – Page refreshed, not re-hiked.


This park is covered on the Jersey Highlands Trails, or pick up a park map at the trail kiosk, or print it ahead in case there are none.


This loop is in 50 Hikes in New Jersey and longer variations are in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: New York City and Take a Hike New York City.

Parking: N40° 57.116′ W74° 12.023′

Small lot, can get filled up. Lot 6 on university grounds used to be the parking lot for this hike (as it’s listed in older books) but unsure if that is an overflow option.


None. Stores on Rt 504 if approaching from there, QuikChek, Starbucks etc.

Hike Directions:

Overview: RED – YELLOW – RED

Ignore all the unmarked trails crisscrossing everywhere, the route is well blazed.

RED trail head kiosk

0.0 – From the trail kiosk, follow the trail, RED, across the field and into the woods.

0.7 – Turn RIGHT and now follow YELLOW.

YELLOW trail after recent rains
High Mountain Pano

1.6 – View of the NYC skyline appears. Go just a bit further and there is a large rock to stand on for another view.

View of NYC skyline

Yellow trail.

YELLOW trail

2.6 – Turn LEFT and now follow RED. [4-way intersection, RED also goes right, and YELLOW continues]

/// Option: Extend the route from here by continuing on YELLOW. ///

3.5 – Keep following RED, passing WHITE on the right.

RED trail

3.6 – Keep following RED, passing YELLOW on the left.

Hiked: 4/2/17. With Great Falls.