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Take the High Mountain Challenge

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I am a big fan of the 1,260-acre High Mountain Park Preserve in Wayne and North Haledon and Wayne, ever since The Nature Conservancy sponsored a hike there nearly 10 years ago.

Now, to promote this great chunk of open space, TNC is partnering with NJ native and ultra-marathoner  Jessica Bagley to increase awareness of and visitation to High Mountain.

TNC is challenging visitors to hike/run to the summit and share a selfie using #highmountainchallenge on social media.

More on the challenge here and here.

A Kiosk for High Mountain

It wasn't easy, jack-hammering four 20-inch-deep holes into solid basalt, then assembling a very complicated kiosk with a half-baked set of instructions.

But a bunch of Nature Conservancy folks with a big assist from the New York New Jersey Trail Conference got the job done over two long hot days.

(A few shots of the project in progress are below, in no particular order.)

A huge thank you to Scott Sherwood, Damon Noe, Adrianna Zito-Livingston, Jennifer Wells and Ryan Smith of TNC and Chris Connolly and Alec Malyon of NYNJTC!

The Nature Conservancy provided the map and informational display for the kiosk, and it looks great. At the Red Trail Entrance by William Paterson University.

(Thanks to all!)

  DSCN1895                    Among the heavy-lifters (l. to r.):  Scott Sherwood, Alec Malyon, Chris Connolly, Ryan Smith and Jennifer Wells.



A Hike to the Summit of High Mountain

Earlier this week, I did a quick trek to the summit of High Mountain from Reservoir Drive via the Red Trail and Yellow Trail.

(If you hustle,  you can make the steep hike to the summit in half an hour.)

The leaves were just starting to change, and hickory nuts and acorns were everywhere -- a paradise for squirrels and chipmunks.

Just bring plenty of water because it is a workout, wear hiking boots because it's rocky, and bring a cellphone in case you get lost.