Regional Spotlight - Part I

July 15, 2019

A great diversity of locations can be found in the outdoors of the Greater New York area. It is perhaps the region's key asset. From the granite caps of the Highlands, to the sharp cliffs of the Ridge and Valley Appalachians, to the deep cloves of the Catskills -- there are a few different flavors in a relatively small geographical footprint.

Here are some selected highlights from each region, with more to come in the future:

New Jersey Highlands
A Peaceful Ledge for Peakbaggers


Having no trails, Jennings Mountain is best known to peakbaggers looking for their next NJ1K entry. Topping out at 1,072 feet, it ranks #43 on that list and requires a true bushwhack. Lying a third of a mile southwest of the peak is an open ledge providing a surprisingly robust view of the Wyanokie sub-range.

 

 

New York Highlands
The Scene from Jackie Mountain


A bushwhack up the clove between Jackie and Pound Swamp Mountains reveals a bird's eye perspective of interior Stony Point, NY. Also in view are Cheesecote Mountain, portions of the Ramapo Escarpment, and a look at the Northern Palisades (similar to the view from nearby Pyngyp Mountain).

 

Hudson Highlands
The Many Faces of Boterberg


For many, Storm King continues to be the defining visual feature of the Hudson Highlands. Its massive size and conspicuous outline make it visible from many miles away. It also showcases itself from a wide variety of viewing angles.

 

Hudson Palisades
Approaching the Edge of the Hook


The Bombay Hook requires hikers to explore off to the east of the Long Path. This puts them dangerously close to unguarded Palisades cliffs.