Pequannock Knob Loop via Blue and Yellow Trails

Mountainside Park (Pequannock, N.J.)

East-facing view over northern New Jersey and the New York City skyline from Pequannock Knob - Photo by Daniel Chazin East-facing view over northern New Jersey and the New York City skyline from Pequannock Knob - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs to a panoramic viewpoint over northern New Jersey and the New York City skyline.

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From the kiosk at the northern end of the parking area, climb wooden steps, following the joint route of the Blue and Yellow Trails. Almost immediately, the Yellow Trail goes off to the left. This will be your return route, but continue ahead on the Blue Trail, which first parallels the noisy I-287, but soon bears left, away from the highway, and climbs the hillside. After passing a rock...

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Trip Reports

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May 09, 2013
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Map change suggestion
Watch out for those snakes!Thanks for the map suggestion regarding inclusion of a larger-scale inset of this park.  We will keep it in mind when we work on a revision to the Jersey Highlands: Central North Region map set!~Jeremy, TC cartographer
Jeremy Apgar
May 01, 2013
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Won't soon forget this one.
Did this hike April 28, 2013 in the late morning.  No problem with the trail markings.  Some damage from the recent storms, but crews obviously worked on it recently.  All was well.  Yes, the last part of the blue trail is very steep before you reach the summit and the kiosk, but it is moderate overall.  The descent on the yellow trail will be one we remember forever.  It leaves the summit in a southwest direction, then curves back to the northwest before a sharp left switchback to southwest again.  Right after the switchback we encountered what we are entirely certain was a timber rattlesnake, perhaps four or more feet long, on the left side of the trail.  He expressed his displeasure with us, but let us pass without incident.  A few yards further there was a different snake – black and about 18 inches long -- sunning himself on a log, also on the left side.  He darted off into the brush as we went by.   Just a thought, but the conference might want to consider doing a larger-scale inset of this park on the next 125 map.  I think it is potentially popular and the network of trails is complex for the small area of the park, and the current scale shows none of the landmarks.  The Pequannock Township Parks web page has a map that was done as an Eagle Scout project that has most, but not all, of the landmarks and most, but not all, of the trails.  I didn't see the link on this page to the conference's park map dedicated to this park, which is the best of all, but there are still a landmarks that could be added.  Seems like every summer the scouts add something new.
Tuna Boat Bill
June 29, 2012
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Mountainside Park
Mountainside Park is newly adopted by the NYNJTC, and our team of volunteers has done wonders in reblazing and refurbishing as conditions required. I'm sure that the only trail that you found in need of Maintenance was the section of the Blue Trail as it climbed Pequannock Knob. We have a newly appointed volunteer to care for this section and we're aware that it needs clipping and extensive rebuilding to bring it to "NYNJTC Standards", but it is well marked and easy to follow.  As to your other comment, it's true that this trail system has numerous "up's and down's", as one traverses this glaciated landscape, but most hikers would consider it "Moderate", and I think that difficulty rating is appropriate for a hiker in reasonably good health.     Glad that you enjoyed our Bear.
Bob
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