High Mountain Park Preserve High Mountain Trail

Chester, New Jersey 07930

High Mountain Park Preserve High Mountain Trail

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."

High Mountain Park Preserve: High Mountain Trail Trip Reports

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7/17/2010
The Preakness ridge had a variety of different characteristics. From a wide flat red/white trail along side a golf course and a swimming hole to the semi steep incline to the summit from the yellow blazed trails.
The summit was a nice open area and perfect destination distance from trail heads. The NYC skyline is all there especially from very top of the "party rock". This day was hazy so the view wasn't perfect.
Most of the trails are covered in ankle twisting, toe and foot bruising small-medium sized rocks. If you want to push, you'll have to pay attention to your footing which can be of course distracting from the diversity.
Overall worth trying out. Will return in the autumn/winter for a better view of the skyline.
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10/26/2008
Good trial. Not to steep climbs. Good for the dog aswell
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Trail Information

Chester
Nearby City
5.1
Distance
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
Day Hike
Duration
Dawn to dusk
Season
The Nature Conservancy
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