Recently, I took a short trip to Passaic County in North Jersey. While in town for the day, I decided to hike a short trail at High Mountain in Passaic County. Even though it was cloudy, there was a faint view of NYC.
I was surprised by how quiet the trails were in the middle of the populated area. In fact, I didn’t hear any car traffic and only saw two people on the neighboring golf course at the very end. (That’s right, no one on the trail!). There are a few loops you can do and you can get a hike of about 6 miles if you desire.
I will say, there are sections of trail that can get muddy after heavy rainfall and I was glad I had my Goretex (waterproof) Brooks Cascadia.
While the trails are well marked, finding the path in the beginning was tough. It starts right near the traffic circle. Once you get on the trail, it’s easy to follow.
In order to see the NYC skyline, the hike is only about 1.6 miles. It’s somewhat steep but nothing rigorous. Once you get to the top, you can see a great view, but you can also stand on the rock nearby and get an even better view. It was cloudy when I went so I didn’t have a picture-perfect view.
Here are a few photos:
Here is the start from the traffic circle. Since there is no “trailhead”, if you can’t find it just walk around the entire traffic circle.
Even had some deer spotting
View of NYC
In all, if you’re looking for a local hike with a good view of NYC, High Mountain in Passaic County is a good one.
I had a great time and would definitely go back. Hopefully when it’s a little bit more clear! It’s great if you are looking for something with a view, or even with pets, or kids.
Here are other hikes I’ve done this Spring and Summer:
Hiking Turkey Swamp in Freehold
Exploring Cattus Island in Toms River
Exploring Hartshorne Park in the Highlands
Hiking to the Cape May Lighthouse
Hiking Bear Mountain in a Downpour
Hiking through Belleplain State Forest
You can see all hikes here.
Questions for you:
Have you ever hiked with a view of a City?
What is your favorite hiking shoe?