Schedule for August 2021                                                         IHC home page

Sunday, August 1, 2021                Watchung Reservation Investigation         Moderately Strenuous

We'll hike part of the Sierra Trail and lots of connecting trails perhaps visiting the Stables, Surprise Lake, and other places, ending at the Nature Center.

Leader:     Jim Schlenker             908-295-8178           [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM     Watchung Reservation, Trailside Museum, 462 New Providence Rd, Mountainside NJ 07092

From Eastbound I-78, Exit 44 toward New Providence/Berkeley Heights: Turn left onto Glenside Ave. Continue 1.3 mi and turn right onto Watchung Reservation, Tracy Dr. Continue 1.3 mi. At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Summit Lane. Continue 0.4 mi and turn right onto New Providence Rd, then Continue 0.2 mi to the parking lot of Trailside Nature & Science Center.

From West bound I-78, Exit 43: Proceed right on Diamond Hill Rd. to Traffic Light and turn right onto McMane Ave. Go on mi to intersection of Glenside Ave. and turn left. Continue mi to Watchung Reservation, Tracy Dr. on right. Continue to the first circle and take first right onto Summit Lane. Go mi and bear right onto New Providence Rd. to the end. The Trailside Parking is on right.

From Garden State Parkway Exit 140 (Rt-22): Take Rt-22 west about 4.3 mi to Summit Rd turn right and continue 1.2 mi to Summit Lane. Go 0.7 mi and at the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto Summit Lane (Boro of Mountainside). Continue 0.5 mi and bear right onto New Providence Rd. to the end. The Trailside Parking Area is on right.   GPS Meeting Place (40.6826, -74.3728)


Saturday, August 7, 2021             Highland Hike & Swim at Macs Place                       Moderately Strenuous

IHC Members and Friends only Please. We will hike on a section of the Highlands Trail followed by a swim and picnic at the end of the hike. Bring bathing suits and a dish to share. Heavy Rain cancels this hike.

Leader:     Mac McCaulley          973-398-3002           [email protected]         Cell 908-416-4460

Meet: 9:00 AM     Roland May Eves Mt. Inlet Sanctuary, 445 Lakeside Ave/Northwood Rd (Rt-609), Hopatcong NJ 07821

From I-80 Exit 34B (Rt-15 North): Go north on Rt-15 about 4.6 mi.; and exit onto Rt-181N toward Lake Forest / Woodport. Proceed 1.8 mi. on Rt-181N to Prospect Point Rd on left. Turn on Prospect Point Rd and go 1.2 mi to Northwood Rd (Rt-609) on right. Turn and precede 1.0 mi. turning into parking area on left. Note! Northwood Rd. becomes Lakeside Ave in Hopatcong. GPS (40.9710, -74.6404)


Sunday, August 15, 2021              Black Rock Forest                  Moderately Strenuous

Come and enjoy the great Mt. Misery/Hill of Pines/Rattlesnake Hill/Black Rock Mountain loop hike with beautiful views, picturesque stream, cascades and waterfalls. Circuit Hike about 7.5 miles

Leaders:    Mike Roulier               201-522-0259           [email protected]

                  Jill Wilson                   973-879-0531           [email protected]

Meet: 8:30 AM     Black Rock Forest Reservoir Parking, 80 Reservoir Rd, Cornwall, NY 12518

From Palisades Interstate Parkway Northbound: Continue north to its northern terminus at the Bear Mountain Bridge and continue north on US-9W for 8.8 mi. About half a mile after passing a parking area marked with a blue sign, turn right onto Mountain Road. Immediately, turn right again and proceed through a very narrow underpass beneath US-9W (large vehicles may not fit in this underpass). Continue ahead for 0.2 mi to the Parking Area on the right side of the road, just before a locked gate.

From I-87 Exit 16 Harriman/Woodbury Commons: After tollbooths stay to right for first exit, Woodbury & Rt-32. Take Rt-32 north about 7 mi to Angola Rd (Rt-65) on the right (Just before Schunemunk turnoff on left.) Follow Angola Rd. 2.7 mi to the intersection with Rt-9W. Go south on Rt-9W 1.6 mi to turnoff marked Black Rock Forest. Continue ahead for 0.2 mi to the Parking Area.

Meet at 8:30 Start at 9:00!      GPS (41.4187, -74.0100)


Sunday, August 22, 2021              Round Valley to Pickell Park                                     Strenuous

This hike starts from the Round Valley Reservoir south lot and takes the Cushetunk trail and the camp ground trail around the shore of Round Valley then over Cushetunk mountain and down to Pickell Park. It is a 9 mile hike and hilly. Starting off in Round Valley and finishing with a climb over the Cushetunk ridge. We will have excellent views of Round Valley Reservoir on the way. Shuttle Required

Leader:     Guy Percival               973-590-7437           [email protected]

Meet: 9:00 AM     Pickell Park Parking Lot: Mountain Rd, Whitehouse Station, NJ 08889

From I-287 Southbound Exit 17, Rt-202: Proceed mi to Rt-22 West. Take Rt-22 West, 8 miles to Whitehouse. or

From I-287 Northbound Exit 14B, Rt-22: Take Rt-22 West, 8.5 mi to Whitehouse, then;

Look for sign “Rt-523 South, Whitehorse Station, Flemington, Next Left” before Light. At light, make a left turn onto main street which is CR-523 towards Whitehouse station. Proceed 1.1 mi on CR-523 passing Whitehouse train station. Make a right on Mountain Road and drive 0.1 mi then quick left into Pickell Park. We will shuttle to Round Valley.   GPS Park Entrance (40.6087, -74.7774)


Sunday, August 29, 2021           Annual Hike/Picnic on Pompton Lake                   Easy

IHC Members and Families only Please. First, we will hike along the Pompton Feeder Canal, observe the Old Locks and Feeder Dam. Afterwards we drive back to Kientzler’s house for a swim in the lake, no pool anymore, (don’t forget a bathing suit & swim fins) and then a picnic. Bring a dish to share and/or something to cook. Charlie will have the grill going. If you wish, bring a door prize contribution.

Rain does not cancel the Picnic!  

Leader:     Charlie Kientzler       973-835-1060           [email protected]    Cell 973-906-9325 (Sunday Only)

Meet: 9:30 AM     Pompton Plains Shopping Ct; Rt-23 (Northbound) &/or 190 Jackson Ave, Pequannock, NJ 07444

From the I-80, Rt-46 & Rt-23 Interchange: Take Rt-23 north 5.5 miles to Jackson Avenue (Right turn). Drive east 0.1 mi to light and turn in to the parking lot on right. Meet at north side of lot along Jackson Ave. (Stop & Shop nearby.)

From I-287 Exit 52: Take Rt-23 Southbound 2 mi (4th light) to Jackson Ave. From right lane, make a jug handle (left) turn onto Jackson Ave eastbound toward Pompton Plains Shopping Ct. Drive east 0.1 mi to light and turn in to the parking lot on right. Meet at north side of lot along Jackson Ave. (Stop & Shop nearby.)  GPS (40.9689, -74.2839)

        After the Hike! Meet at Kientzler Home, 711 Terhune Dr. (Rt-202), Wayne NJ 07470

        From Hike: Proceed East on Pompton Crossing 0.4 mi to Black Oak Ridge Rd. (Rt-202) Turn left and follow Rt-202 northbound

        0.8 mi to light at Hamburg Turnpike. Following Rt-202 left, drive 0.8 mi to light for Terhune Dr on right. (By CVS) Turning right

        and continue on Terhune Dr (Rt-202) 1.5 mi to wide parking area on left at 683 Terhune Dr.

        Hikers: Park and walk to and down #711 driveway. House GPS (41.0110, -74.2665)

        Non-Hikers: Continue to #711 and pull all the way down to the house Note! Driveway is by the end of guardrail.

        From I-287 North Exit 58: On exiting turn left at light and proceed 0.1 mi to Rt-202 (Ramapo Valley Rd). Turn right

        (southbound), drive 1 mi to light where Rt-202 turns right. Follow Rt-202 0.9 mi to #711 driveway on right, or #683 parking

        just ahead.

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