Autumn is coming to Jenny Jump State Forest

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Autumn is slowly arriving

With my time in the US running out fast I wanted to use all of it for my hikes. The weather was not that great today and I did not have too much time, so I selected a short hike nearby, in Jersey; Jenny Jump State Forest.

Jenny Jump State Forest, is located in the Jenny Jump Mountain Range which was created by the Wisconsin Glaciation 21000 years ago. The mountains are nice rolling and have some great steep rocky outcrops. These rocks are probably the reason for the somewhat odd name of the forest. It is said to be named after a 9-year-old girl named Jenny. One day while playing in the forest she was surprised by an idian, which scared her.

Autumn is slowly arriving
She yelled out for her father, who said "Jump Jenny". Well raised she obeyed immediately interpreting her father's command wrongly by jumping of one of the steep cliffs. A local amusement park even seems to have an attraction based on this story.

The forest has several nice trails, the majority runs in parallel, one at the mountain ridge, one in a valley, and one even lower. All providing a nice view on the autumn leaves that started to get their specific colors. I managed to hike the first trail in just 15 minutes so I decided to hike them all, forgetting that the last one was much longer and also descending to Ghost Lake. 

When I left there I officially had 10 minutes of daylight left, while the hike to the car actually took 50 minutes. So I had to rush my way through the twilight of the quickly darkening forest. I made it JUST in time, 5 minutes after reaching the car it was pitch-dark.

More pictures below.

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Autumn is slowly arriving
Autumn is slowly arriving
Autumn is slowly arriving
Autumn is slowly arriving
View from the Jenny Jump Mountain …
View from the Jenny Jump Mountain…
View from the Jenny Jump Mountain …
View from the Jenny Jump Mountain…
Autumn is slowly arriving
Autumn is slowly arriving
Ghost Lake
Ghost Lake
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GPS Height Profile
Jenny Jump State Forest - NJ
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