Sunday, November 19, 2023

Wyanokie High Point Fall Loop

Norvin Green State Forest,
Passaic Co.,
New Jersey

Hiking Trails:
Otter Hole Trail: Green blaze
Hewitt-Butler Trail: Blue blaze
Mine Trail: Yellow blaze
Wyanokie Circular Trail: Red blaze

Total Time: 2:15 hour
Estimated Distance: 3.6 Miles

Pros: Good climb and fantastic views
Cons: None
Hike Type: Lollipop Loop
Level of Difficulty: Difficult

Google Maps of Parking:

Hiking Partner:
Yehudah Koblick

Wyanokie High Point is one of my favorite hikes in New Jersey. It's a good climb with a good scramble, and has an excellent 360 degree panoramic view on the top. We parked at the New Weis Center parking area on Snake Den Road. We took the Otter Hole Trail up past the Highlands Pool, and then someone on the trail pointed out that there were signs that the trail was closed and was rerouted to the road. I don't know why they would route this trail on the road, so anyone with additional info please share your comments below. 

From the Otter Hole Trail we took the combined Mine and Wyanokie Trail, and then took the Mine Trail Wyanokie Circular Trail steeply up the mountain to the rocky scramble at the top. We then walked along the ridge and then climbed down the Hewitt-Butler Trail, back to the Snake Down which which we walked down to our car.

Map of the Route

Information Kiosk at the Beginning of the Hike

Trail Closed Sign at the Otter Hole Trail

Small Dam at the Otter Hole Trail

Cascade Near the Bridge

Bridge Across the Brook

Information at the Trail Ascent

Multiple Trail Intersection

View Climbing Up Wyanokie High Point

View of Wanaque Reservoir from Wyanokie High Point

View of Windbeam Mountain from Wyanokie High Point

Atop Wyanokie High Point

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