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.

Map:

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.

Books:

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.

Restrooms:

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.