Windbeam Moutain

Windbeam Mountain, Highlands Trail (10/12/2014)

Perusing my past hikes I was surprised to see that during four consecutive weekends during peak fall foliage last year (October 12, 19, 26 and November 9) we headed to the Wyanokies of northern New Jersey to enjoy the colors from the areas's many peaks. I say I was surprised because without knowing this, we headed back to Windbeam Mountain today to see how the foliage was coming along. Not until I got home did I realize that we did the same hike last year only two weeks later into the foliage season. There must be a register in my brain labelled "Fall Foliage" and "Wyanokies" is written there. The views once again were spectacular, some of the best in New Jersey. But the fall foliage wasn't peak. It will be soon, but keep your fingers crossed that the leaves stay on the trees. The forest floor was already carpetted with leaves. You can see in several photos the presence of many mostly-bare trees.

As we did nearly one year ago, we parked at the Stonetown Recreation Complex, crossed the road to the Stonetown Circular trail, climbed and climbed and climbed first to Little Windbeam, then after dipping into the saddle, climbed a bit more in order to enjoy the amazing views from Windbeam. Ironically, the flag that was there last year (but not in 2007, our first visit) is no longer there. It must have blown away, since it gets a bit breezy up there.

Total distance hiked today was about 3.6 miles in a bit more than 3 hours.

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