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New Meetup: Pyramid Mountain Hike, maybe a diner afterwards

user 8819591
Group Organizer
North Brunswick, NJ
Announcing a new Meetup for 20 / 30s Social Group!

What: Pyramid Mountain Hike, maybe a diner afterwards
When: Saturday, May 7, 2011 11:00 AM

Where: Pyramid Mountain
Boonton Ave
Kinnelon, NJ 07405

Hike will be canceled the night before if rain is forecasted.

10:00am for carpool rendezvous at the Starbucks on Cedar Grove Lane in Somerset. I don't coordinate who carpools with whom; that's up to you at Starbucks. Note: The carpoolers will be leaving Starbucks (Somerset) at 10:15am, so don't be late, and if you're running late for meeting us there then just drive yourself directly to the Pyramid Mt visitor center. If you're not carpooling and are meeting us at the Pyramid Mt parking area then be there before 11:00am, the start time for the hike.

This hike will be moderate (easier than previous: Bear Mt., Mohonk Preserve, Minnewaska State Park, etc.). And it's closer to home. Bring water. Feel free to bring guests. Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center trailhead directions below.

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 hours
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 Boonton. Take CR-511 (Boonton Ave) to Pyramid Mountain visitors center. There is a small sign along the road and a gravel parking lot and small visitor center building. (Lat:40.94727 Lon:-74.38695)

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