This hike really surprised me! I wasn’t expecting much but it turned out to be a really great trip.
This trail is split into several sections and even divided by a roadway. I only walked 3 miles, but it was probably the most grueling. The path I took started as a nice walk along some dirt road surrounded by trees and goes into a forest. Below is the map of the trail:
Photo taken from NJ Hiking
After reading online about a white path and the rocks you’ll eventually be walking on, I definitely underestimated the amount of climbing on rocks there was going to be on the trail. The further you get into the forest you start seeing boulders and they soon become your path up the mountain.
While the some hiking sites tell you ‘once you see the pile of rocks - turn left and follow the blue path’ - they fail to mention there are several piles of rocks! So below is a photo of the ‘real’ pile of rocks before the blue path.
You want to switch to the blue path because this goes to the lookout point. The panoramic view is absolutely breathtaking. For someone who grew up in New Jersey, I’m constantly surprised by how much this state has to offer. Whoever calls New Jersey ‘dirty’ will have to think again!
There are 184 named mountains in New Jersey. The highest is the Kittatinny Mountain and they are visible in the distance. Also from the viewpoint you can see farms in the valley below, and sometimes on a clear day you can see the High Point Monument.
I would have to say this part of the trail might not be for everyone. While there were kids, families, dogs, solo hikers, and experienced hikers, the three miles of uneven terrain and a vertical hike is very intense. I would recommend that if you’re not into climbing than the boardwalk trail would be better suited for you.
The boardwalk trail runs through a farm where you can be inches away from the local cows. These cows are very relaxed and make for a great photo but remember to keep your distance and respect their space. I did not hike the entire boardwalk trail but hope to go back and visit again.
Side Note: Around the trail are local farms - listed below