Terrace Pond

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Almost 4 months ago I hiked in the New Jerseyian Wawayanda State Park, see here. Wawayanda is really a large park, it has several sections: the Wawayanda Mountain Section in the west (see here), the central lake section I just mentioned and there is the Bearfort Mountain area, in the east. Bearfort Mountain is 451 meters (1479 ft) high and is stretches out in long ridges. In the ice age, when Glaciers covered this area, holes were carved in the mountains which now appear as ponds. Terrace Pond is one of them. It is not very big, but it is located almost at the top of Bearfort Mountain.

Since I still felt a bit jetlaggish and needed some fresh air I felt it was a good idea to make a simple hike, not too far away.

Terrace Pond
So, I decided to go to New Jersey and hike the relatively short (8 km / 5 miles) Terrace Pond hike. I expected a meek and civilized hike, but was pleasantly surprised. The forest on and around Bearfort Mountain was dense with a lot of little hills and hidden turns. At one point I heard noises in the bushes right below the ledge I was standing on and saw to my big surprise a black bear with cub. I was happy the bears were down below and I was (only a little bit) higher uphill. Until I discovered that my trail headed down into the narrow valley with the bears. I sped up but for some times I could hear the bears slowly walking behind me. 

Then I reached Terrace Pond. A beautiful gem. Despite the clear signs that stated that swimming was prohibited, and given the deadly history of the pond, see here, it looked more like the Jersey Shore. Some 15 - 20 people were cliff jumping on the steep cliff at the other side of the lake.

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The Bear!
The Bear!
Terrace Pond
Terrace Pond
Beacon Hill Lake, more a swamp tha…
Beacon Hill Lake, more a swamp th…
Beacon Hill Lake, more a swamp tha…
Beacon Hill Lake, more a swamp th…
Beacon Hill Lake, more a swamp tha…
Beacon Hill Lake, more a swamp th…
The Bear!
The Bear!
The illegal swimmers at Terrace Po…
The illegal swimmers at Terrace P…
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Terrace Pond - NJ
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