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Pyramid Mountain Loop

Intermediate
 3.8 (25) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A quietly beautiful loop trail with rocky footpaths, stream crossings, overlooks, and memorable glacial erratics.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Loop

921' 281 m

High

613' 187 m

Low

488' 149 m

Up

488' 149 m

Down

5%

Avg Grade (3°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Birding · Fall Colors · Views · Wildlife

Overview

This hike accesses Tripod Rock on Pyramid Mountain using a 3+ mile, forested, quietly beautiful loop with rocky footpaths, stream crossings, overlooks, and memorable glacial erratics, including Tripod Rock and Bear Rock.

Description

Take a weekday early morning to explore this local gem in Morris County, NJ. Watch the forests fill with light in the quietude of Northern New Jersey woods, starting with crossing Stony Brook over a wooden footbridge.

This hike is for all people, with all levels of fitness. The route includes some moderate elevation gain with huge rock outcroppings, scenic viewpoints, all leading to a 150-ton glacial erratic balanced on three small stones. Thought by some to be a Native American calendar site, this natural symbol of our local cultural/natural heritage compelled people to preserve the mountain.

You'll need the trail map or Hiking Project mobile app for this hike, especially if it is your first time visiting the park. Start at the trail kiosk (where there are typically free trail maps) and follow the Mennen Trail (Blue) over the footbridge.

0.2 miles into the woods, the Yellow Trail veers off to the right. Take it until you see the Orange Trail, which continues to wind its way through the forest, past stone outcroppings, and ultimately leads to great views of the Taylortown Reservoir.

At the next trail junction turn left (heading southwest); this is the Kinnelon Butler Trail (White), which leads to Tripod Rock, just after passing Big Cat Swamp. This is a gorgeous spot to stop for lunch while taking in this unique glacial erratic.

When you're ready to roll on, continue past the rock on the Kinnelon Butler Trail (White) for a short stint, until meeting the Mennen Trail (Blue) once again, which will lead you right back to the lot. This is by far the most popular hike that takes you past Tripod Rock, so plan this hike for an early morning weekday if you prefer some real peace and quiet.

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Kristen Arendt

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  3.8 from 25 votes

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Scenic Overlook on the Blue Trail (Mennen).
Nov 22, 2016 near Boonton, NJ
Tripod Rock along the Kinnelon Butler Trail
Sep 13, 2017 near Kinnelon, NJ
The trail can be difficult.
Sep 14, 2017 near Kinnelon, NJ
Crossing Stony Brook.
Nov 22, 2016 near Boonton, NJ
Blue Trail (Mennen) through the bushes.
Nov 22, 2016 near Boonton, NJ
Start of yellow trail from parking lot.
Oct 2, 2017 near Boonton, NJ

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Jun 18, 2020
Venci Karlic
Took the erratic glacier trail ran parts of it. 2:00hr finish time — 2h 00m
May 31, 2020
pop fun
Nov 3, 2019
Sergey Blednov
Oct 26, 2019
Jason Imler
5.1mi — 3h 49m
Aug 30, 2019
gianluca baglioni
Nice and easy trail. Somehow we missed the ruins?!? Good reason to come back. 3.5mi — 2h 00m
Aug 17, 2019
Kim R
Jul 4, 2019
Thomas V
3.5mi — 3h 00m
May 27, 2019
Adrien Melikian