Saturday, April 24, 2010
Norvin Green State Forest, NJ (Buck Mountain/Wyanokie High Point/Carris Hill)
ABOUT THE PARK: New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry
NY/NY Trail Conference North Jersey Trails Map #115
The kiosk in the parking lot was well stocked with maps but that might not always be the case.
I-287 to exit 53, left on Hamburg Pike, right on Glenwild Avenue to parking on right.
NEW JERSEY 1K CLUB PEAK: Buck Mountain
This hike is 10 miles long but can be split into two 6-mile hikes. Plenty of exceptional views either way. The parking lot holds about 10 cars - get there early because it fills up. From the parking lot turn left on Glenwild Avenue and walk a few steps to the trailhead on the left. Follow the blue-blazed trail through Otter Hole.
At .5 miles turn left on the yellow-blazed trail which climbs up steeply with views of the New York City skyline along the way. This trail will pass the summit of Buck Mountain around 1.5 miles.
At 2.8 miles continue straight on the pink-blazed trail for some short rock scrambles and great views.
At 3.9 miles turn left on the red dot on white blazed trail. Watch for the turn because if you suddenly find yourself on the red dot trail, you missed the turn and are going the wrong way.
At 4.9 miles turn left on the green-blazed trail for the 10 mile hike. (Turn right on the green-blazed trail then right on the blue-blazed trail to take you back to the parking lot for a 6 mile hike.)
At 5.2 miles turn right on the white-blazed trail.
At 5.8 miles turn left on the blue-blazed trail and walk briefly to a view.
Retrace your steps on the blue-blazed trail going back the way you came and continue on the blue trail until you reach the intersection for Wyanokie High Point.
Go around the rock and follow the trail up to Wyanokie High Point with spectacular 360 degree views. This picture shows the Wanaque Reservoir with the New York City skyline in the background.
Retrace your steps off of Wyanokie High Point, continuing on the red dot/teal/blue trail.
At 6.4 miles the red dot trail leaves off to the right. Stay on the teal/blue trail to Yoo-Hoo Point where you can turn around and see Wyanokie High Point where you just came from.
At 7.2 miles keep left on the yellow-blazed trail which has multiple views along the way.
At 8.2 miles turn right on the white-blazed "Lower" trail. (This blaze has an "L" in the center.) Keep on this trail briefly, then turn right at the intersection on to the solid white-blazed trail (no "L" in the center) passing waterfalls.
At 8.7 miles continue straight on the blue/teal-blazed trail.
At 9.7 miles, turn left on the blue-blazed trail which takes you through the Otter Hole and back to the parking lot.
Some interesting litter today. On the pink-blazed trail, smack in the way of a scenic overlook, somebody's plastic clamshell from their lunch with a slice of very "ripe" tomato in it. Squashed it flat, sealed it up in a poop bag and my dog carried it out in her backpack.
Saw this book and candy wrapper on a log early on at 7:30 am so figured if it was still there on my way back by in the afternoon, I would take it. It was still there, has now been posted on paperbackswap.com and hopefully it will find a new home.