One of the wilder parts of the Highlands
Jesse Fried • Jun 14, 2017
An area I would like to continue exploring more. The western edge of this mountain range is the main fault separating the Highlands from the Ridge and Valley province. There are a steep couple hundred feet of relief along this fault. Their southern border is the deep river valley in which Route 23 and some train tracks (not part of NJ Transit's system) descend from the Highlands. In the middle of the mountain range are some rugged hills reaching up to almost 1500 feet, rather high for NJ. A system of woods roads used by hunters crosses the area, but it's best for off-trail exploring. I went hiking there with my brother and a friend once in the winter, and we met a father and son hunting. The dad asked us if we were just following the ridge, to which we replied that we were. He said, 'that's a good way to get to know the mountain.' Which I obviously thought was very cool.