Monday, December 17, 2018

Campgaw Mountain Backslope Area

Campgaw Mountain County Reservation
Bergen Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Rocky Ridge Trail: Blue blaze
Red/Blue Trail: Red/Blue blaze
Backslope Trail: Yellow blaze

Total Time: 1:10 hour
Estimated Distance: 2.4 Miles

Pros: Quiet area
Cons: Built up area of ski slope

The previous day, Sunday, featured rain all day. I was not able to get out and hike, so I took some time the following day on Monday to do a short hike near my office. I parked at the main area by the ski area, and walked along the bottom of the ski hill until the Rocky Ridge Trail. I climbed up the mountain on the Rocky Ridge Trail to the top of mountain above the ski lifts, where there is a view facing east and northeast. I then took to the short Red/Blue Trail to the Backslope Trail, which goes down the western side of Campgaw Mountain. The Backslope Trail is a loop that has a small pond and cistern along the route. At the end of the trail, I took the same return route back, to the Red/Blue Trail, Backslope Trail, and back to my car.

Map of the Route

Artificial Snow on the Main Slope

The Tubing Hill on the Left

Rocky Ridge Trail

View from the Top of the Ski Slop, Facing North

View from the Top of the Ski Slop, Facing East

View from the Top of the Ski Slop, Facing Northest

Me at the Top Slope

Backslope Trail Interesting Tree

Small Pond Labelled as a Cistern on the Backslope Trail

Close-Up of the Pond

Pond Dam

Water Flowing Over the Dam

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