This was my first mountain climb, so why not go big and go to the highest point in New Jersey! I took my 18 month old husky along for the hike and it was an absolutely spectacular experience. Trail was very easily marked, sights were extraordinary, and overall it is a great beginning for anyone looking to explore the beauty of nature.
Whoop whoop! Excited to be halfway through my goal of visiting all 50 state highpoints!
I've been at it for 18.5 years, NJ was #47 for me as I also saved the easy ones for last.
What a pleasant surprise! I loved this area and the highpoint. Maybe I got lucky visiting it during a pandemic but I had the place to myself. The monument was not open due to the pandemic so I didn't get to go inside that, but that isn't the natural highpoint anyway. I located two benchmarks, one behind the towers front door and the other in front of it - both 20 yards or so from the structure. It was all fogged in so I didn't get long view but I still enjoyed it a lot. What a neat surprise for a crowded state like NJ.
15 years of chasing state highpoints ended here on a beautiful (although little smokey) crisp morning. Parked on the road to the east and jogged up the AT to the top. Only a couple of people up there. Had some celebratory beers. Felt surreal to be done.
The area was all in fog and rain. Had a feel that it would be a nice park, but..
Long drive from the DMV to get here. The driving conditions were not ideal. The roads were slick and wintery conditions existed. I saw several wipeouts on the way here. When I entered the park, a ranger was using the big snow plow. He told me the park was open but most roads were closed and impassable. I decided to make the trek up anyway. Totally worth it. It was foggy and whiteout conditions. I could barely see the Monument through the fog and whiteout.
Couldn't enjoy this summit in the slightest as it was pouring buckets here at the top... but I will be back! Regardless, still counted as another HP added.
Was on the east coast to run the Boston Marathon, and decided to hit the highpoints of NJ & DE. Gave me a chance to visit Philly as well, a city to which I'd never been before, and will go back many times hereafter. Such a cool city!
Latest US high point. Nice park with a nice view.
Nice drive up and views
Nice obelisk at the top. First of two this day. Couldn't quite get to MA in time before dark after trekking up CT - Frissell.
Nice clear evening at the top. Took the cheap way up
Very muggy and hot day. I climbed the 22 stories to the top of the monument. That was harder than the hike up the AT to the high point.
Climbed the tower only to find no windows or view at the top...just hot air
The official park entrance was closed when I arrived at 7:30 am, so I backtracked to the Steely Kill Lake boat access/parking lot and hiked up to the high point from there. I followed a blue-blazed trail along the lake and into the woods, then turned right onto a red-and-green blazed trail which led me to a park road that took me to the high point. The obelisk was also closed, but I had the summit to myself. It was windier than I'd expected.
Hiked solo on the AT from Rt 23. Great views from the summit, and had to race back to car when storm clouds could be seen rolling in from PA.
Quick stop off on a road trip with my dad. Hiked on the AT from a nearby road.
En route from NJ to MA on a business trip. Crystal clear day with great views from the top.