Norvin Green: Wyanokie High Point, Carris Hill, Buck Mtn.

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View from Wyanokie High Point

Rugged, hilly route with lots of views of the New Jersey Highlands and the NYC Skyline.

Lots-n-lots of views… but also lots of up-n-down on this route.

We hadn’t done Wyanokie High Point in about two years so we headed back to Norvin Green (one of the most rugged parks in NJ, and one of our faves) on a really nice early Fall day.

Detailed hike info and directions on our  main Wyanokie High Point, Carris Hill, Buck Mountain page.

Chikahoki Falls was gushing from the recent rain, but so were the trails… a few were so wet the water was actually running in them like a stream.

Soggy trails
Chikahoki Falls

The foliage wasn’t really turning much yet, but the NYC skyline was visible from the viewpoints.

View from Wyanokie High Point of the NYC skyline
View from Wyanokie High Point

Say what you want about New Jersey… but you have to admit that being able to hike up a mountain in the middle of a forest and have a view of the Manhattan skyline is pretty darn cool.

View from Wyanokie High Point

MILES: 8.6. On the lower end of challenging: Not high mileage but very rocky, many elevation changes, and some scrambling up Buck Mountain.

Scramble

View from Carris Hill:

View from Carris Hill
View from Carris Hill

View of Wyanokie High Point from Carris Hill:

View of Wyanokie High Point from Carris Hill

View from Buck Mountain:

View from Buck Mountain

View of NYC from Buck Mountain:

View of NYC from Buck Mountain

ROUTE: Otter Hole (GREEN) – Hewitt-Butler (BLUE) – Carris Hill (YEL) – WHITE – Hewitt-Butler (BLUE) – Otter Hole (GREEN) – Wyanokie Crest (YEL)- Wyanokie Circular (RED on WHITE CIRCLE) – Unmarked woods road – Otter Hole (GREEN)

2 thoughts on “Norvin Green: Wyanokie High Point, Carris Hill, Buck Mtn.”

  1. Wyanokie High Point has to be one of my favorite spots in North Jersey. We like starting south of the point and head north up the Otter Hill trail to Macopin and stop for lunch on top of Wyanokie High Point. We then head back down using the Highlands and Carris Hill trails. It’s a wonderful feeling to dunk your tired feet in Chikahoki Falls at the end of a long walk! You can view some photos I shot of this area in 2008, 2010 and 2011 here.

  2. I did this amazing hike today. I started from green trail, than cut onto yellow and did it whole 5 miles on it. Than blue,white,Carris hill and got back through the blue trail. It tooks me aprox. 5 hours. 1 gallon of water was just enough, but I should have little bit more next time :). Great trail for the real workout. Must do this again !

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