South Mountain Reservation
This is the Hike of the Week for 2/24/2004 as described on the NY-NJ Trail Conference website. It also happens to be a shortened version of Hike #29 "South Mountain Reservation" in the 3rd edition of 50 Hikes in New Jersey. That book describes an 8.5-mile figure-8, while this hike is the bottom 5-mile circle of that figure-8. There were so many interesting spurs, with look-outs and ruins, that we ended up hiking nearly six miles as opposed to the estimated five.

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Lenape trail head

Park is filled with old growth ...

... and rocks ...

... and ruins: old East Orange waterworks


Some autumn bloom


Plaque at Washington Rock

 

View from Washington Rock

Viewing platform

Example of traprock ...

... which is all over ...
 


... the mountain

View of Millburn

Church in Millburn

 



Near Lilliput Knob


Columns at Ball's Bluff
 



Mine tailings

Bridge near falls

Hemlock Falls
 


Hemlock Falls


Steps to top of falls

A bridge to nowhere over Rahway River
 



Rahway River

Bridge over Rahway River ...

... is our lunch spot
 


Rahway River

Autumn bloom

Exposed roots

 


On the Rahway trail

Remnants of industry in river

Hiking pole tomfoolery

Another short damn over the river
 




At Campbell's Pond

Ruins
 


Abandonded pumping station

Graffiti on station


Pumping station
 


Rahway River

Graffiti on front of station


Inside pumping station
 



Graffiti inside

Another dam across the river

 


Top of the dam

Rahway River

Blaze art (same as on pumping station)

Last bridge on Rahway trail
 

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