Complete hike details, photos, and video on our Turkey Mountain page.
We only had time for a short hike this weekend, so we headed to Turkey Mountain. This is located across the road from Pyramid Mountain in Boonton, NJ. Turkey Mountain has some nice hiking, but most people tend to head over to Pyramid for Tripod Rock and Bear Rock etc. Pyramid and Turkey offer easy access to decent hiking, and is also a great place for beginners.
5.4 miles, moderate, minimal elevation gain. 4 viewpoints: two obscured, one of a lake, and one of the NYC skyline (very faint in the day’s humid haze). Also pass the ruins of a house.
This is pretty much the longest loop you can put together on the Turkey Mountain side without duplicating trail sections. Easily make a longer day by combining this loop with one at Pyramid as well.
This route starts from the Pyramid Mountain parking lot. Walk out the exit driveway, near the visitor center, cross the road, and start on the easy YELLOW trail. On the return, you come back via “100 steps” – a series of stones steps that follow the powerline cut down the hill to to the road. At the road, the trail turns left and then cross the road back to the entrance to the lot.
Overview: YELLOW – WHITE – RED – GREEN – BLUE.
Note: Look for a overlook spur trail behind the stone ruins that leads to a powerline cut and an overlook of NYC… the spur trail is not obvious going this direction.