Tripod Rock in Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

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Tripod Rock

Glacial erratics are massive rocks that were dragged along by the ice during the ice age. When the ice melted the rocks were left at the spot where they were at that time. Since the East coast area was covered by a huge sheet of ice during this ice age it is not surprising that there are quite a lot of erratics in this area. A famous one I visited was Bubble Rock in Acadia National Park, see here.

Today I was in a lovely small county park in New Jersey, Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area. I came here for just a simple and short hike and learnt later that this area is full of glacial erratics. Bear Rock is a really big one, it could be a small house. The most special one however, is Tripod Rock. With dimensions of roughly 6 meters long, 3 meters wide, and 2.5 meters high (19, 10, and 7.5 feet) it is way smaller than Bear Rock. The remarkable thing is that the rock is resting on three smaller stones, making it "float" above the ground.

I learnt that many trails of the park were closed due to construction of a power line. Since it was Sunday and there was no construction activity at all I decided to be a bad visitor and disobeyed the trail closure. There were more bad people, by the way! For a small park like Pyramid Mountain it offers quite a lot.

More pictures below!

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Tripod Rock
Tripod Rock
Bear Rock
Bear Rock
Tripod Rock
Tripod Rock
Tripod Rock
Tripod Rock
Another, less spectacular, erratic
Another, less spectacular, erratic
Another, less spectacular, erratic
Another, less spectacular, erratic
View on New York City
View on New York City
A ghost site
A ghost site
A ghost site
A ghost site
GPS profile of the hike (rendered …
GPS profile of the hike (rendered…
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area - NJ
photo by: mdalamers