Sunday, May 7, 2017

Turkey Mountain at Pyramid Mountain Preserve

Morris County,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
100 Steps Trail: Blue blaze
Red Trail: Red blaze
Yellow Trail: Yellow blaze
Kinnelon Boonton Trail: White blaze
Green Trail: Green blaze

Total Time: 2:25 hour
Estimated Distance: 5 Miles

Pros: Many trail options
Cons: Power lines interfere with natural settings, part of trail proximity to road

I had gone to Pyramid Mountain Preserve a few weeks earlier and I wanted to explore the area on the other part of the mountain, Turkey Mountain. I parked in the main parking area at the visitors center, and crossed the road at the 100 Steps Trail. This trail climbs up along the power lines to the summit of the mountain to a view, which is marred by the wires from the power lines. From there, I took the red trail to the yellow trail, and looped around back to the waterfalls. The trail here until the waterfalls was very wet due to the recent rains and was hard to traverse. It was also parallel to a road and a bit too close to it.

The waterfall was very nice due to the rains. Although they are short, they were very pretty. I then continued along the trail and entered the extensive quarrying areas. It is labelled on the map as a limestone quarry, though this is metamorphic rock and serpentine was mined here. I then continued along the yellow trail back to the trailhead.

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