Carris Hill - race against the clock

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On top of Carris Hill

Knowing that I am returning to the Netherlands gives me the urge to complete as many hikes as possible from my hike books. Carris Hill is in the Norvin Green State Forest. The hike to this hill described in my book is not that long, so I would normally have saved it for the winter or autumn. Since I overslept a little I considered it appropriate to do this one today.

I had been to Norvin earlier this year hiking Osio Mountain. Both hikes start from the same parking lot. Unlike many other mountain hikes the trail started with a 100-meter (300-feet) descend followed by a 168-meter (550-ft) ascend to Carris. Not too heavy, just pleasant. Like Osio Mountain, Carris Hill provides a nice panoramic view on the surroundings and the sky line of New York City.

Chickahoki Falls
The descend, via another trail, was even more spectacular yielding a nice sight on Chickahoki Falls.

My hiking endurance apparently has increased. After 1.75 hour I was almost back at the parking lot, while the planned hiking time was 4 hours. With days becoming longer and longer I decided to extend the hike with another loop. Norvin State Forest is blessed with a whole network of trails. So I could branch out easily. I kept doing that. At some point I was quite far away from the parking lot and I decided to make yet another extra loop. Well, that was nice but maybe not too smart; it took way longer than anticipated and brought me even farther away from the car. It left me with only 30 minutes before sunset.

I quickly made some shortcuts and picked up a higher pace. 15 minutes after sunset (there was still light) and 15 minutes before the official park closing time I arrived at the parking lot.

About 20 minutes before sunset!
Where two police officers were waiting for me. Since Norvin has many and very strict rules (see this picture taken in January) I thought I was in trouble. It appeared however that a hiker was lost and had called 911, the officers hoped I was the missing person. I had to disappoint them.

The police asked me if I had seen anybody, which was not the case. I gave them some more information and offered to help them, since the hiker was apparently lost on Carris Hill. That was not needed, a professional Find and Rescue team just arrived.

I was glad I made it out just in time and headed for some dinner.

More pictures below!

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On top of Carris Hill
On top of Carris Hill
Chickahoki Falls
Chickahoki Falls
About 20 minutes before sunset!
About 20 minutes before sunset!
During one of the extra loops
During one of the extra loops
A wall of rock!
A wall of rock!
When the sun come out the green is…
When the sun come out the green i…
Mysterious stone constructions fou…
Mysterious stone constructions fo…
Mysterious stone constructions fou…
Mysterious stone constructions fo…
Another nicely balanced erractic
Another nicely balanced erractic
GPS profile of the hike (the littl…
GPS profile of the hike (the litt…
GPS height profile of the hike
GPS height profile of the hike
Carris Hill - Norvin State Forest - NJ
photo by: mdalamers