High Point State Park rests on the highest point in New Jersey and is marked by an obelisk-shaped 220-foot-tall monument, the base of which is 1,803 feet above sea level. The climb up the Monument Trail provides spectacular views all the way to the Taconics to the northeast and into Pennsylvania to the northwest. There is a stone- stepped walkway to get to the monument and may be considered strenuous for some. Total mileage should be anywhere from 5 to 7. Time on the trails will be approximately 3-4 hours.
The Cedar Swamp trail features a mountaintop cedar bog. This large swamp of Atlantic white cedar trees is the farthest inland swamp of this type known to exist.
Due to rocky sections of the trail, hiking boots with sturdy ankle support are highly recommended. This area tends to be a few degrees colder because of the elevation and dressing in layers and avoiding cotton is suggested.
We will eat at the Sussex Inn after the hike
GPS coordinates: N[masked]' W[masked]'.
From New York City: Rt. 80 West, Rt. 23 North.
From Hudson Valley: Rt. 87 South, Rt. 84 West, Rt. 23 South.
From Southern & Central NJ: Rt. 287 North, Rt. 23 North.
From Southern PA: Rt. 78 East, 287 North, Rt. 23 North.
From Northern PA: Rt. 84 East, Rt. 23 South.
... from the town of Sussex, Rt. 23 N go 7 miles to the top of the hill, turn RIGHT into High Point State Park
No dogs permitted on this hike.
Suggestions of what to bring:
2+ liters of water
Please remember this is a social event and not a professionally guided hike. By participating in this hike, you are agreeing not to hold anybody responsible for injuries or accidents, and you acknowledge hiking is a dangerous activity that could lead to injury or death. Always come prepared and equipped as if you are hiking on your own. In the event of an emergency, your fellow hikers will do their best for you, but there is no guarantee any of the participants will have medical or rescue training.
By participating in this event you also acknowledge that you understand the level of difficulty and are physically capable, properly attired and have the necessary gear and supplies required for participation in this activity.