HIKE Watchung Reservation, Mountainside, NJ

TriState Ramblers
TriState Ramblers
Public group

Needs a location


Leader: Arlene Fineman, cell[masked], [masked]
Meet: 10 AM at Trailside Nature Center parking lot on Coles Ave.
We will hike 4 to 5 miles on leader’s choice of trails, approx. 2.5 hours. Easy to moderate terrain. Bring plenty of water and a snack. Plan to arrive by 9:45 am. Hiking boots required, poles suggested. Steady rain cancels the hike. Watch this site on the morning of October 2 for any last minute changes/cancellations.
1. Trailside Nature Center, Coordinates: N40° 40.97', W74° 22.38'
1.1.FROM LIVINGSTON: Take John F. Kennedy Parkway past the Short Hills Mall keep left, following signs
to SUMMIT and River Rd. Proceed 0.5 miles at light by Novartis, turn left onto Morris Ave. Continue 1.9 miles past Overlook Hospital as road bends to left. After passing the hospital, take the first right onto Glenside Ave. then in 0.1 miles bear left onto Baltusrol Rd (signs says US 22) road name changes to Summit Rd. After 1.1 miles, at light, turn right onto Summit Lane. At traffic circle, take the second right and proceed 0.5 miles further to a right turn onto New Providence Rd. Parking lot is on the right.
1.2.ALTERNATIVE: VIA US ROUTE 22: Take Mountainside/New Providence Rd. exit (turn right from westbound lanes; jug-handle from eastbound lanes). Proceed uphill northwest bound for 0.7 miles (name changes to Deer Path) to the 5th right onto Ackerman Ave. In 0.4 miles at Tee intersection, turn right onto Coles Ave. Proceed 0.2 miles to New Providence Rd. Trailside Nature & Science Center parking lot is directly across New Providence Rd.
1.3.ALTERNATIVE: VIA I-78 EAST: Take Exit 44 (New Providence/Berkeley Heights). At light turn left onto Glenside Ave. Go 1.3 miles and turn right into the Watchung Reservation (CR 645 - W.R. Tracey Dr). Proceed past Lake Surprise, uphill and straight past loop picnic area. Bear left and continue 1.3 miles to traffic circle. At traffic circle take the first right and proceed 0.5 mile on Summit Lane. Turn right onto New Providence Rd. Parking lot is on the right.