Summary: This is a pleasant, short hike to some outstanding viewpoints to the east, southwest, west and northeast. Its a great place for a picnic lunch. Starting at parking on Stonetown Rd, follow the road south for a short distance to the blue blazed Highlands Trail (just before junction with Westbrook Rd). Turn left (east) into the woods and begin a gradual climb up the south slope of Windbeam Mountain. You will see a few limited viewpoints along the way. The trail levels out, then after a short downhill section it joins the red & white blazed Stonetown Circular Trail. Together they climb to the top of Windbeam Mountain. Reaching the top you will come to several outstanding viewpoints, the best of which comes after a short descent into a shallow ravine and climb up the other side. From here, retrace your steps to the junction of the Highlands and Stonetown Circular Trail and return via the Stonetown Circular.
Trailhead: Route 287 to Wanaque (511) exit. Proceed north on Ringwood Ave (CR 511). Make a left on West Brook Road, cross bridge and bear right at split onto Stonetown Rd. There is parking for two cars on the right shoulder just south of the Stonetown Circular trailhead (blazes are white with red triangle).
Leave "hiking" note on dashboard.
More parking is available at the athletic fields a few hundred yards to the north and on the left. (Lat:41.077017 Lon:-74.304583)
Trail Guides for Windbeam Mountian :
New Jersey Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (973) 835-3600
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted 50 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by weatherNOWcast on 4/6/2007
At least a dozen great views. Excellent site lines. The Highlands trail is very nice. I have hiked it four out of the last 5 days and have enjoyed it each day.
Reviewed by mike o on 1/25/2007
Terrific view. Fairly steep and steady climb. Walk up the teal trail and down the red blaze trail. A light snow made it an extra special hike today.
Reviewed by KevinC on 11/28/2006
Trail was little difficult for beginners but the great view was the reward. The deer hunting season started on the day I went on hiking. The gun shots here and there made me nervous. I wouldn't do it again this time of the year. I went all the way around the Stonetown though.
Reviewed by Jeff on 11/11/2006
Difficult hike, less traveled locally leaves you less disturbed on weekend hikes. Great views of Ringwood and Wanaque and the Wanaque Reservoir.
Reviewed by Viewer on 10/23/2006
Don't wuss out, do the whole Stonetown Circular .
Reviewed by JeremyL on 9/29/2006
What views from the top! Absolutely beautiful. I've been here before but never on the newly relocated Highlands. That is a vary pleasant section to walk on. A great improvement! With the new section this might be my favorite short hike in NJ now.
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