Just north of Morristown’s suburban sprawl, a series of low ridges rises to nine hundred feet above sea level. These Highlands summits, separated by narrow valleys, have remained sparsely settled for centuries. Native Americans once hunted and foraged here. Later, notorious outlaws used the region as a hide-out, while nineteenth-century charcoal makers and quarrymen came and went. This rough country was long recognized for its freakish rock formations, glacial erratics that have since shaped local history. Native Americans may have utilized Tripod Rock (a two-hundred-ton boulder perched atop three basketball-sized stones) as a celestial calendar.
Nineteenth-century surveyors used house-sized Bear Rock as a boundary marker. In the twentieth century, hikers laid out trails and made pilgrimages to both sites. Eventually, it was these two unique boulders that inspired conservationists to protect Pyramid Mountain. This 3.0 mile loop hike is celebrated for its spring and autumn wildflowers. It takes walkers to both Tripod Rock and Bear Rock, and to a Manhattan skyline vista.
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