Hiking (a section of) the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey - Wawayanda Mountain

Wawayanda Mountain Viewpoint - NJ Travel Blog

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The hike starts pretty leveled. But the Wawayanda Mountain looks like a giante tsunami of rock

With these short days I still opt for shorter and nearby hikes. And my "50 hikes in New Jersey" trail book serves me well!

I had not planned a hike for today, when I woke up I discovered nice sunny and cloudless day. (And they really forecasted overcast and rain). So, I quickly made my way to trailhead of this short hike on Wawayanda Mountain. The 448-meter (1470-feet) high mountain was a surprise to me. I did not know New Jersey had mountains as high, and more important, as steep as Wawayanda.

When I approached the trail parking the mountain looked pretty steep. And when I reached the "feet" of the mountain, the part where the climbing starts, I was impressed.

A part of the 116-kilometer (72-mile) long New Jersey section of the famous Appalachian Trail, runs here and takes the hiker up on the steep mountain.

At the top of the mountain, a swamp!
An excellent trail that has recently been re routed. It took me just 45 minutes to reach the summit range which is located 280 meter (918 ft) higher. Here I branched off, following a trail that was supposed to lead me to a view point. The trail was faintly marked and at some point it seemed to go downhill again. At a slippery very steep part it turned out to be a dead end. It looks like some funny people just re routed the trail to nowhere. After some better looking I found back the original trail. But it appeared that it was hardly used anymore. The trail blazers were available but the trail was reclaimed by nature.

I managed to reach the viewpoint and discovered that the "ghost trail kept going". I hiked it for 15 more minutes and decided to head back. So far the trail, and so far the nice weather. The sun was gone and fog and clouds made their way in, and it started snowing heavily. Mid way the descent the snow turned into heavy rain.

View from first viewpoint. The clouds are already setting

The name of Wawayanda probably originates from the Munsee language, in which it translates to "winding water", another theory is that it comes from the Lenape language, in which it sounds like "water on the mountain". Whatever it is, they were both right at that time! A pity, but still an impressive hike!

More pictures below! Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd om net iets meer regels te genereren zodat deze rare website toestaat dat de bijgesloten foto ook vertoond wordt. Deze fake-tekst heb ik toegevoegd 

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The hike starts pretty leveled. Bu…
The hike starts pretty leveled. B…
At the top of the mountain, a swam…
At the top of the mountain, a swa…
View from first viewpoint. The clo…
View from first viewpoint. The cl…
At the feet of Wawayanda. First a …
At the feet of Wawayanda. First a…
Following the trail which led me t…
Following the trail which led me …
View from second viewpoint, at thi…
View from second viewpoint, at th…
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GPS Height Profile
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The hike as rendered by gpsvisual…
Wawayanda Mountain Viewpoint - NJ
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