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


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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