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Pyramid Mountain Loop

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Nice views, glacial erratics including the famous Tripod Rock
Near:Montville, NJ
Distance:3.5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:500 ft
Hike Time:2 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail

Summary: Take the blue trail. It crosses a stream and turns right & crosses power lines cut and soon begins a short, but stiff climb to the top of Pyramid Mtn. There are nice views of the NYC skyline here. The trail then flattens out and passes through a mixed hardwood forest. Continue on the blue trail, until you come to a junction with the white trail. From here its a short side trip to Tripod Rock, which is a large boulder that was plunked down on 3 smaller rocks by the last glacier.
Then double back on the white trail and catch the blue trail again. It descends steeply, down a rocky slope and soon it reaches a wet area. It crosses a stream on a log bridge and passes by Bear Rock, one of the largest individual boulders in NJ. Turn left on the white trail, which follows Bear House Brook, then bear left on the red trail (this avoids the powerline route that the white trail follows). Follow the red trail back to the blue and the blue back to your car.

Trailhead: Route 23 to exit for CR-511 (Boonton Ave). Take Boonton Ave south for just over 4 miles and the Pyramid Mountain visitors center is on your right. Park here and catch the blue trail. Trailhead is near kisok. (Lat:40.94727 Lon:-74.38695)
Trail Guides for Pyramid Mountain Loop:
Circuit Hikes in Northern New Jersey
by Bruce Scofield (NY/NJ Trail Conference)

Best Hikes With Children In New Jersey
by Arline Zatz (Mountaineers Press)

New Jersey Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail Conference)

Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Morris County Park Commission 973-326-7600
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted  50 other hikes on this site
Trail Reviews  Page 1 of 5   Submit your own review
Reviewed by ambler on 7/23/2012
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Reviewed by Chiara on 3/24/2012
Great easy hike. I was concerned at first that it would be too challenging since I haven't been hiking in a long while and I was carrying my 9 months old baby on the back but the trail turned out to be just perfect, not too hard but not too boring either. Would hike here again!

Reviewed by Moshe D. on 10/17/2011
Great family hike wasn't too hard for the young kids but enough of a challenge for the older ones. Went on this hike with my family, we all enjoyed it even my 6 yr old brother and 9yr old sister. the boulders and rocks were very cool. It wasn't hard, except for a few very steep points which were quite a challenge.

Reviewed by Will on 10/25/2010
I did this hike in the autumn for a good chance to see some fall foliage. It turned out to be a great trail for a Sunday afternoon jaunt with several features to check out. Ran into a lot of people on the blue trail, but when we got down into the white and red trail we saw no one. There were a decent number of rocks on the trail which made for choosing steps carefully. Elevation changes were not too bad and there were several families out there. There were some fearless deer down on red trail closer to dusk, other than that, not too much wildlife. Then again, there were a lot of people out. I will probably do this trail again sometime.

Reviewed by Kara on 8/31/2010
I love this hike! I actually do it as a trail run, as it has a lot of very nice technical features (the rocks are my favourite, as they provide a good leg workout if you dodge them correctly). We usually go blue to yellow to orange to red to white, with orange being my favourite because of the beautiful Taylortown Reservoir and the nice run through the woods. There are a lot of nice meadow and forest stretches which make each run seem very short, and the Bear and Tripod Rocks are great places to stretch and take in the view. Overall, this is one of my favourite runs close to home, but the power lines kind of take away from the scenic beauty.

Reviewed by kelly smith on 7/18/2010
really enjoyed the hike with boyfriend and small puppy. make sure to bring water!

Reviewed by Mark on 9/23/2009
Nice hike, great day, saw bear, went home......

Reviewed by Gene O on 5/30/2009
Hiked this one with my son today looped up using the White Trail to Bear Rock. Followed the advice below to take the Orange trail for the view and it was way worth it.

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