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New Meetup: Pyramid Mountain Hike, pack a lunch

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North Brunswick, NJ
Announcing a new Meetup for 20 / 30s Social Group!

What: Pyramid Mountain Hike, pack a lunch

When: Sunday, November 21, 2010 10:00 AM

Where: Pyramid Mountain
Boonton Ave
Kinnelon, NJ 07405

10:00am for carpool rendezvous. 11:00am actual hike starts. This hike will be moderate (easier than previous: Bear Mt., Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, etc.). And it's closer to home. Carpooling can be done from whence we have before: Starbucks on Cedar Grove Ave in Somerset. Carpool meetup time in Somerset will be 10:00am. Please "post" if you can be a carpool driver. Whether meeting at Starbucks for the carpool, or not, rendezvous at Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center (see trailhead directions below) at 11:00am.

Hike description modified from:
Nice views, glacial erratics including the famous Tripod Rock
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain: 500 ft
Hike Time: 2.5 hours (w/ 1/2 hr lunch break)
Difficulty: Moderate
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
HikeType: Loop
Summary: Take the blue trail. It crosses a stream and follows the power lines for a short distance, then turns right and begins a short, but stiff climb to the top of Pyramid Mtn. There are nice views of the NYC skyline here. The trail then flattens out and passes through a mixed hardwood forest. Continue on the blue trail, until you come to a junction with the white trail. From here its a short side trip to Tripod Rock, which is a large boulder that was plunked down on 3 smaller rocks by the last glacier.
Then double back on the white trail and catch the blue trail again. It descends steeply, down a rocky slope and soon it reaches a wet area. It crosses a stream on a log bridge and passes by Bear Rock, one of the largest individual boulders in NJ. Turn left on the white trail, which follows Bear House Brook, then bear left on the red trail (this avoids the powerline route that the white trail follows). Follow the red trail back to the blue and the blue back to your car.
Trailhead: Route 287 North to Route 23 (Riverdale) to exit for CR-511 (Boonton Ave). Take Boonton Ave south for just over 4 miles and the Pyramid Mountain visitors center is on your right. Park here and catch the blue trail. (Lat:40.94727 Lon:-74.38695)

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