High Mountain Park Preserve: High Mountain Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Early or late in the day, during any season, the climb to the barren, 879- foot summit of High Mountain is worth the effort for the panoramic view— New York City’s skyline, the graceful lines of the George Washington Bridge, and the surrounding Preakness Range of the Watchung Mountains. High Mountain Preserve—one of the largest tracts of forested land in the Piedmont region of northern New Jersey—was aptly named, for this bald, rocky knob is the highest in the area and consists of both woodlands and wetlands. Managed by The Nature Conservancy, the preserve protects rare and threatened wildlife as well as a globally endangered basalt outcrop community. To date, 9 ecological communities and 380 plant species, including 18 rare plant species, have been identified here.
Thanks to the New York–New Jersey Trail Conference, new hiking trails have been created and maintained here since the 1940s. Rarely will a furry creature venture too far from its warm burrow during winter months, but deer can be spotted year-round foraging for a bit of tasty bark. Even in warmer weather, it’s a good idea to wear a hat to protect against the constant wind, and sturdy shoes will help guard against sore toes as you walk along the rocky trail."