Schooley's Mountain



Schooley's Mountain (8/9/2010)

This is hike #16 ("Schooley's Mountain") in Hiking New Jersey: A Guide to 50 of the Garden State's Greatest Hiking Adventures (1st edition). I hiked much of this park in 2006 with a co-worker. But today was Laura's first time in this park. It's an amazingly varied hike, in a relatively small Morris County park. But the size shouldn't fool you. This hike has some serious climbing, an overlook, a lake, a floating bridge, a wildflower field, and a couple of wonderful waterfalls along a brook.

Total distance was 3.9 miles in just over 2 hours.

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It begins with a climb

Millipede

Beautiful ferns


Tiny toad

Another tiny toad


Junction with Highland Cut trail

 

Near high point of Schooley's Mountain


[Photo by Laura]

 


Graffiti tree

Lake George through trees

The floating bridge

 


Lake George

Hungry Canada Goose

With three ducks

Mallard close-up
 


Goose fishing

Lake George

Boat house

Dragonfly
 


Lodge on hill

Heading to lake

Lake George

Mowed path through field
 



Bridge by dam


Southern tip of Lake George
 



On Falling Waters trail

Electric Brook

[Photo by Laura]
 


Tiny waterfall

View downstream

Boulder hopping

 


Garter snake

Giant rock formations


Steep decline
 


Waterfall

Waterfall pool

Laura at falls

Another view
 


Climbing back to trail

Drill holes in rock

Heading to viewpoint

Viewpoint
 



Searching for old graffiti

NJ farms below

Enjoying the view
 


Sandy near viewpoint

A rocky descent

Patriot's Path back

Old multi-trunked tree
 

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