High Mountain Preserve Loop
ElevationAscent: 980' 299 m
Descent: -980' -299 m
High: 860' 262 m
Low: 405' 124 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 24% (14°)
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“Climb to top of High Mountain to see NYC skyline in the distance, then return to the gullies and woods of the preserve.”— Charles Behnken
At the top, head west across the field looking for the Yellow Blaze Trail. Take the trail downhill as it winds along the edge of a ravine. Eventually you'll intersect with the Red-Blazed Trail; cross it and continue on Yellow Blaze Trail until you come to Reservoir Rd at the very north. Head to the left along the edge of the road until you see the trail enter the woods. This is now the Orange Blaze Trail (6 months ago, and on maps, it is a continuation of the Yellow Blaze Trail, but the yellow blazes have been painted over in orange).
Shortly you'll come to the White Blaze Trail. At this time stay on the Orange Blaze Trail and take it uphill, heading south. Eventually the trail will turn back to the north and shortly thereafter you'll come to a ridge on the left with a view point west; climb the ridge. If you look carefully at the mountains in the distance you can see a cut where I-287 runs and you should be able to see trucks on the highway. This is also a good lunch spot.
The Orange Blaze Trail continues on, but backtrack to the intersection with the White Blaze Trail. The White Blaze Trail goes past a small reservoir (Ancient's Pond) and then a golf course. The trail is poorly blazed by the golf course; continue to head south, parallel to the golf course wall (do not veer too far from the wall) and you'll eventually pick up the blazes again.
The White Blaze Trail will eventually turn east and start to climb. At the top of the climb you'll meet the Red-Blazed Trail. Take it to the right and back to the parking lot (on the way you'll cross the Yellow Blaze Trail where you climbed to High Mountain).
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Land Manager: Township of Wayne Parks and Recreation