Nice easy hike up the to the top, some of the best views in the state.
My dog Spanky and I grabbed "Highpoint" NJ on our way up to New England from from our home in Florida. Please visit http://50summits.blogspot.com for details of all our highpoint trips.
I left my hotel in Philly at 3:45 in the morning. The area was experiencing a record breaking (for April) nor'easter but it only took me 3 hours to get to Highpoint State Park. The creeks and rivers along the way were flooded and swollen. I passed one car submerged up to it's windshield. I got there more than an hour before the gates to the park opened. Since the storm had subsided to a slight drizzle (but still very windy) I decided to hike in and out before the weather got worse again. Just before I reached the highpoint, it DID get worse again. Over the next 45 minutes, rain, sleet, hail and snow fell/blew on me and I hadn't brought a hat, umbrella, or raincoat. Still, since I likely was only going to be there once, I hiked out via the Appalachian Trail back to the highway. I got back to the car just as the ranger was unlocking the gates. I dried off over the next 3.5 hours in the rental car while driving back to the Philadelphia Airport.
2nd hp in the same day...
it was a race to get to NJ...
Got lost on the way there!!
side trip during AT thru hike 1976
I visited High Point during a business trip to CT. Thankfully, the park was open and I could drive up to the monument as I was suffering from the flu. It was a beautiful crisp, clear December morning, and I was the only one there. This is my 17th state highpoint.
A beautiful warm day. Monument closed off due to construction but could still access the banckmark nearby. Spent some time wandering the nearby trails.
Here late in the day on a rainy afternoon. No one at top but me. Fencing and construction, but I walked around to the top anyway.
The monument was closed while we were there. Nice views from the highest point in New Jersey though. HP #14
Up and down quick
The snow was fresh, deep and i wanted to try cross country skiing so played hookie from work and took some lessons, got rentals at the center, did the swamp loop then headed for the monument. What a beautiful day with crisp skies of blue against the snow.
nice hike to the top of NJ
Beautiful views! Very, very windy! Nice 'stairmaster' work-out up to the top of the tower. HP #16.
Ok views (pretty drizzly), but lovely spring in North Jersey. Surprised to see very few people around.
After spending a frigid night at Sawmill Pond Campground I drove the the trailhide and hiked up. Very pleasant and only encountered a few people on the trail, but I was alone on the summit. Amazing views...and a very big monument tower that is too big for the mountain.
Nice little mountain. Good views of surrounding NJ, PA, and NY. Can see the Catskills from top.
Highpoint #9, as part of a family trip.
The highpoint of New Jersey is in the High Point State Park in the far North-West corner of the state, just a few miles from Port Jervis, NY. It's an easy drive from New York City, but it's just far enough out that as you get within 30 miles or so of the park, the slums have given way to suburbs and the suburbs have given way to rolling hills with pretty fields, farms and forests.
I arrived at the end of September and the road was lined with farmer's stands selling pumpkins and chrysanthemums; the weather was a perfect warm autumnal afternoon and the view from New Jersey's highest point was lovely. Hawks soared in the sky over the valley and the leaves were just showing a hint of color.
The park entrance is on the right of Rt 23 North, and a paved road leads from the entrance all the way up to the 200-foot mini-Washington Monument with parking at the foot.
Directions to High Point, NJ from the the NYC area (east/south)
From the South: Take I-287 to Rt 23 North
From the GW Bridge: Take I-80 West to Rt 23 North
Follow Rt 23 North High Point State Park
~ 7 miles north of Sussex, NJ
~ 3 miles north of Colesville, NJ
The road goes directly up to the monument at the summit with parking just below
I have lived in Jersey for 18 years and been hiking in Jersey for at least 10 years, this was the first time that I hiked to the state's high point. I drove up once in the winter about 12 years ago but to me, that did not count. The day was very clear. I could see the Catskills, and the Delaware Water Gap.
Enjoyed High Point. Nice views I didn't think possible in NJ. Clear morning for the most part, but it was TOO hot!
The second time I went to High Point was 10/31/08. It was days after a rare October snowstorm hit the State. I made a trip report about it