Total Time: 1.2 hours
Estimated Distance: 3.7 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Easy
Level of Recommendation: Recommended, though a boring hike until the view
Points Of Interest: Good view close to densely urban area
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High Mountain is the highest point in the Watchung Mountains, hence its name. However, it is not a very high mountain, topping out at 885 feet. The Watchungs are a range of ridges and hills in northern New Jersey composed of volcanic basalt. I started at the parking area at William Paterson University, which provides trailhead parking at the northernmost part of the university. The Red Trail starts here, and I took the Red Trail to the Yellow Trail, which eventually climbs the mountain with an easy climb. The workout isn't great but the view is, with a view of the entire area including the dense urban area to the south around Paterson. From there I turned around and took the same route back, though cutting through some shortcut switchbacks.
|Map of the Route|
|High Mountain Summit. Facing East.|
|High Mountain Summit. Facing southeast|
towards Haledon and the NYC skyline in the distance.
|Dry Grassy area at the summit.|
|Another summit view looking towards Paterson and the city skyline.|
|A more zoomed in view of the Manhattan skyline.|