Hike Reviews

July 05, 2018
Nice hike, but lack of blue trail maintance
This is a great hike that was well worth the trip. The views from the peak are excellent, and the part of the hike that goes along the river is very scenic. Be advised that there is a point on the blue trail that has several downed trees impeding the trail. You will have to climb through and over trees at this point in the hike.
October 26, 2017
Lack of Blue trail maintenance
Not much has changed since efecher's review in 2012. The blue trail after crossing Point Mountain Road is still not maintained and very full of painful thorns. Next time, we will walk up Point Mt. Road and rejoin the blue at the other road crossing. We parked as instructed in the description and did not find any trail blazes until after the fields; very confusing at first and we wished we had tick spray. Musconetcong is a beautiful river and makes the Blue trail worth it.
September 27, 2015
Very nice hike!
<p>&nbsp;As the previous poster stated this hike has a lot of variety &amp; few people . &nbsp;Did it today &amp; found our way easily,</p> <p>great blazing job!</p>
May 05, 2013
This hike has a bit of everything
<p>This hike has a bit of everything - farm fields, a flat river walk, a rocky climb up a mountain. The area between the two road crossings is very overgrown - lots of prickers. Otherwise, a lovely hike. We saw a lot of people in the river fishing for trout, and a farmer tilling the fields. Unfortunately, quite a bit of broken glass around the summit. Nice view from the summit.</p> <p><a href="http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2013/05/point-mountain-loop-from-penwell-road.html">http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2013/05/point-mountain-loop-from-penwell-road.html</a></p>
July 30, 2012
I live within 5 minutes of Point Mtn.
<p>I live within 5 minutes of this area. I would normally park in the Point Mountain Road lot just across the bridge going uphill (it fits about 4-5 cars) but I have parked off Penwell road before, and yes you can easily miss the driveway. I always thought it was the driveway for another house behind the stone one. I've hiked every path in the park, including the White trail that ends abruptly on the side of Penwell Road uphill, where there is a private driveway across the street that has a street sign that reads "Hermits Lane" - careful, this road can be busier than it looks at times and people don't go 25mph as they should. You can walk around the corn fields for extra distance if you hike for endurance and cardio workouts like I do. The white trail goes from that end by Penwell road, crosses a river tributary stream, and heads up a small ridge to meet up eventually with Orange just after Orange leaves the corn fields. (a few small areas tend to be overgrown with thorny bushes to where it's barely more than the width of your feet). Orange goes up and over the ridge to the lookout and back down to Blue as written, White heads off eventually into the woods from Orange and crosses Point Pointain Road further uphill, (Yellow does as well, as many people park along the road and make the short, but steep walk up directly to the overlook) Yellow crosses from where people park along the road into the swampy wooded area near some houses. Eventually Yellow ends at White and White heads off through the woods and some overgrown sections to eventually lead to a clearing and an area that most likely used to be working farmland, as it abuts a farm that still has a few cows grazing. Be careful here, it's just a big open field here with TALL grass and weed (bring anti-tick spray here) and the path itself looks like it's mowed in early spring and not again for the rest of the warm seasons , as it was significantly shorter. Watch out for bees. I walked right past a downed wasp nest and never knew it and the clover here is usually very attractive to bees.&nbsp; The trail isn't blazed here but it is still the White trail as it is marked at the head along Mountain Top Road (they claim there's parking here, I wouldn't as it just seems like a pull off and the local residents might think you're just abandoning your car and poking around in the area)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Back at the river, when you take Blue across Point Mtn Road, be careful, as of 2012, most of that loop of Blue is heavily overgrown, though the blazes still exist to show where the path goes. Maybe it's due to the fact so little people use it that nobody pays attention or the park system doesn't have the time/money to keep it up, i don't know, just I wouldn't hike that section of Blue if you hate thorny bushes and gnats.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>It's a nice place to get a couple hours hike in during the week, you can do 6 miles, easily if you follow all the paths (Blue, Orange, White and Yellow exist now), there might be some backtracking though to get all of it in.</p>
August 11, 2010
I hiked this trail on 8/10/2010
This is an overall nice trail, pretty easy to follow, the directions given were still accurate even though they were posted several years ago. The driveway REALLY looks like a house driveway, it is right before a stone house and it goes up and back away from the road where you can't see it, but don't be fooled-it is the correct parking area. The start of the hike is easy, actually all of it is easy until you cross the road into the 2nd parking lot and start to climb the mountain, then it gets difficult. Of course I picked a day that had a heat index of 102 degrees, so that could of had something to do with it. The river is beautiful, the trail is clearly marked and easy to follow and the view isn't bad either. Bring water, wear bug spray and boots and have fun!