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Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area
|Park Overview:|| |
The area features unusual glacial erratics, dramatic rock outcrops, extensive wetlands, waterfalls, and several scenic overlooks – including views of the Manhattan skyline. How about Tripod Rock, a 160-ton boulder resting atop three smaller boulders?
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||30 miles|
|Park Acreage:||1280 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map|
|Buy Book:||Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide |
|Park Description:|| |
The 1,280-acre Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area encompasses Pyramid and Turkey mountains in Kinnelon, Boonton and Montville. Its features include unusual glacial erratics, dramatic rock outcrops, extensive wetlands and waterfalls. The two most remarkable erratics in the area are Bear Rock, one of the largest in the state, and Tripod Rock, a 160-ton boulder perched atop three smaller boulders.
|Trails Overview:|| |
The nearly 30 miles of marked trails provide opportunities to experience expansive views from flat-topped ridges, visit glacial erratics, see waterfalls and observe wetlands. The Visitors Center is a starting point for loop hikes. There are more than a dozen trails in Pyramid Mountain and [just across Boonton Ave, County 511] in Turkey Mountain, ranging from 0.7 to 7.3 miles. Several new trails were added to the park in 2008/09, including a 1.2-mile white-blazed trail, plus a black-dot trail and yellow-blazed trail, with a combined length of 2.8 miles. The longer of these two runs from Powerville Road in Boonton Township to Bear Rock at Pyramid Mountain.
NOTE: Some of the trails in the park are temporarily closed due to the construction by PSE&G of an upgraded power line in the area. It is expected that the closures will remain in effect until the fall of 2013. For more information, please call the Park Visitors Center, (973) 334-3130.
A trail map is on the park's web site; use the Contact Information below and follow the link.
|Contact Information:||Morris County Park Commission |