Snake Hill

Proof that the Meadowlands were strange before humanity ever got here

Jesse Fried • Jun 14, 2017

Snake Hill is a gigantic piece of rock that rises 200 feet straight out of the swamps, towering above the surrounding landfills and warehouses. Located right next to the Hackensack River just south of Secaucus, it is an anomaly in the broad, flat meadowlands. Composed of the intrusive igneous rock diabase and geologically related to the Palisades to the east, Snake Hill's bedrock anchors the Turnpike's bridge over the Hackensack, as well as NJ Transit's Frank R. Lautenberg Secaucus Junction.

Thought presently deformed by quarrying operations, one can imagine that the hill always struck passers by with its out-of-place bulk.

Covered with graffiti, it appears to remain closed to climbing. I tried once, but half-heartedly.