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.Parking:
Rt 287 to exit 45. 472 A Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, NJ. Detailed directions here
In the visitor center, which is open at 10a. There is also a porta-john in the lot near the exit driveway that is in decent shape.
This route starts from the Pyramid Mountain parking lot. Walk out the exit driveway, near the visitor center, cross the road, and start on yellow trail. On the return, you come back via "100 steps" - the trail arrives at the road, turns left and you have to cross the road back to the entrance to the lot.Overview:
YELLOW - WHITE- RED - GREEN - BLUE
The map on the morrisparks.net
site is slightly outdated and doesn't have the WHITE trail on it. You can download the Pyramid Mountain trail map
we scanned in. Or you can skip the white and stay on yellow (easier trail) and you end up in the same place. There also should be maps in the trail kiosk in the parking lot.
Look for a overlook spur trail behind the stone ruins that leads to an overlook of NYC in the powerline cut... the spur trail is not obvious going this direction.
Yellow starts out easy.
White gets a bit more rugged.
View of NYC from a powerline cut near the ruins - faint because of the haze.
View of Lake Valhalla from the BLUE trail