Sunday, December 27, 2015

Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary and Lamont Preserve Completion

Rockleigh and Alpine
Jersey Palisades
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Hutcheon Trail: Blue blaze
Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail: Yellow blaze
Lamont Rock Trail: White blaze
Brookside Trail: Orange blaze

Total Time: 1:40 Hours
Estimated Distance: 2.65 Miles
Level of Difficulty: Moderate
Level of Recommendation: Recommended for a quiet area

Points of Interest: Quiet scenic area with a nice network of trails
Cons: No views and anti-climactic

Hiking Partner:
Shimmy Rosenberg

The weather was once again very warm, with a high in the upper 50's. However it was damp and cloudy, so I figured this was a good day to complete the trails in this area since it lacks a good view. I had been here about a month earlier, and did not have a chance to complete all the trails in the area, so I decided to return to complete them all. Once again it was very quiet here; we encountered only one person the entire hike.

We parked in the small lot by the playground behind Rockleigh borough hall. We took the Hutcheon Trail a short distance to the Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail, which gradually climbs up the mountain. At the top, we took the Lamont Rock Trail Briefly to the Brookside Trail, which descends along the side of the brook cascading down the mountain. We took this trail to the Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail, taking the loop all the way back around and then towards Sneden Ice Pond. We took the loop around the pond, and then continued along the Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail back to the entrance towards our car.

Map of the Route.

Beech Trees with their Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail

Cascade Along the Brookside Trail

The Stream Cascading Down the Mountain from the Brookside Trail

Another View of the Stream Cascading Down the Mountain

Sneden Ice Pond

Senden Ice Pond

Woman Who Was Dog-Sitting About 6 Dogs Along the Trail

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