Hamburg Mountains

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.

Botanical note

Jan. 31, 2017, 2:52 p.m.

In the south-facing hollows near where the ridge trails off to meet Route 23, there is a lush northern hardwood / hemlock forest that reminds me of Western Massachusetts more then NJ.

Yours truly
Jan. 31, 2017, 2:57 p.m.

Along the ridge, there is a big cliff that my brother enjoyed climbing


Jan. 31, 2017, 2:58 p.m.

Just east of the ridgeline there is some more gentle topography with some pponds and bogs.

I was here once
Contributor #0002
Feb. 1, 2017, 6:02 p.m.

It was a nice hike. We didn't follow trails and "orienteered" using our smartphones. Jesse wasn't thrilled but it was a good time overall.