High Point State Park Above Lake Rutherford

Colesville, New Jersey 07461

High Point State Park Above Lake Rutherford

High Point State Park: Above Lake Rutherford Professional Review and Guide

"You’ll need sturdy shoes to negotiate thousands of rocks while exploring the southern portion of High Point State Park. The struggle along this section of the Appalachian Trail is worth the effort, because the views along the crest of the Kittatinny Mountains are sensational. If you come during July or August, plump blueberries are yours for the picking. Be certain to identify what goes into your mouth; there are some look-alikes that may be poisonous.

In early morning or late afternoon, there’s a good chance of spotting a groundhog as it makes its way along the rocky slopes in search of tender plants to eat. According to folklore dating from the sixteenth century, should the groundhog be frightened by its shadow when emerging from hibernation on February 2, it will head back underground, and spring will be delayed for another six weeks."

High Point State Park: Above Lake Rutherford Reviews

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This trail is one of the more challenging ones I have done in the area but well worth the trip. I went as a short day trip and wish I had more time to spend on the trail. Next trip over there will hopefully be an overnight one. The shelter that is in that area looks like a great place to spend the night.
Entrance is right by the park office where you can pick up a trail map. This was a nice hike and as typical in this area super rocky so wear good boots. we only ran into 2 other groups on a beautiful fall afternoon which suprised me. We will hike in these trails again.
An intermediate type of hike but mostly within the woods. I found the AT part to be very cahleenging but the Iris Trail was like walking through overgrown weeds with nothing else to be excited about. When there were lookouts to the Shawangunk range, Sawmill Lake and Lake Rutherford it was pretty impressive. the AT trail markers were okay but could be marked better in some spots.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
250 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or overnight camping
Dawn thru dusk
High Point State Park
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Jul 2018