~5 miles, ~5 hours, ~challenging
This hike goes through Norvin Green, my favorite state park. Years ago, it was my first real "backcountry" hiking experience. It was in the summer and scorching humid hot. I got to the top of a ridge and was about to climb atop a rock to get a much needed rest and while doing so, startled a rattlesnake that was basking in the brush. Terrified, I backed away slowly and we both lived to sun another day. I remember that I had cell phone reception at the time and immediately started googling what to do in case of a snake bite. Apparently, you don't suck out the venom and spit it out, like we were all led to believe.
Park your car at Otter Hole Road. This comes up as Otter Hole Parking Lot in any maps app.
Have your Lyft driver drop you off at the parking lot near the intersection of West Brook and Townsend roads.
Take the following trail west then south, right smack into Norvin Green State Forest. The best of the best.
Enter the hinterlands here and the smell of verdancy overtakes you:
This is your first checkpoint: the intersection of the orange trail. Slight nod to it and move on.
Keep heading south for about 1.5 kilometers. I think that's like a mile or something. You'll find the blue mine!
Your next checkpoints are crossing over the yellow and red trails. Blow past them. You don't have time to celebrate. You are on your way to the Hi Point.
You'll come to a point where it will start to climb. Before you start the ascent, I want you to drink some water, have some raisins and nuts, smell your armpits. Think about how lucky you are to be in this moment. In New Jersey. In Norvin Green. With miraculous legs jumping and heart pumping to get you to the top of this mountain. Now stop wasting time thinking about this soft stuff, put your water bottle away, and get going.
This is what it looks like on top. One of the best mountaintops I've been to in northern New Jersey. Breathtaking views all around. And, yes, some perfect selfie spots. Eat lunch or take a nap on top. Scratch your private parts if they itch.
This is Yoo Hoo point from Wyanokie High Point. I spent an unnecessary considerable amount of time trying to figure out why it was called Yoo Hoo point. I think I figured it out. Back in the day, when you were going to meet your buddies to go drinking on top of Wyanokie High Point, you could see the party from Yoo Hoo point and would scream out Yoo Hoo! we're almost there, save me some goddamn beer!
Past Yoo Hoo Point, you'll still be making your way to Carris Hill. It's a big hill. That's all you need to know. It's very likely that you won't know it once you reach Carris Hill. I didn't. But that's okay, just keep pushing it out, dawg.
Once you get there, you'll be on the trail south for about one kilometer and then you hit Posts Brook.
After that, the trail heads west back to the car, which is not too far. Though, it will seem somewhat far because your legs are pretty shot at this point.
Get in your car and thank the universe for Norvin Green.
Complement this artistic interpretation of this hike with the NY/NJ trail conference map #115.