High Mountain Summit Loop

MODERATE 111 reviews

High Mountain Summit Loop is a 5.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Haledon, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.8 miles
748 feet

dog friendly


mountain biking

nature trips







15 days ago

There are several unmarked trails. You’ll need to use the app to navigate. We took the orange trail for most of the hike. One mile into the hike, go off trail slightly to the left and check out the view from the bluff.. Extremely muddy and swampy after a big rain. Lots of deer. Our dog loved the hike!

23 days ago

Decided to get out of the house and hike on this cold crisp and sunny Christmas Afternoon. I’m so glad we decided to and to get out in nature. The trail itself is rated moderate and it really should be rated a high easy or low moderate at best as it’s not really difficult at all. It was damp and muddy in a few area but easily navigable if so desired. We hiked the loop clockwise through the bare forest and headed up to the summit where we were rewarded with spectacular unobstructed views of NYC on this clear day. Throughout the course of the hike we probably crossed over about a half a dozen little streams that were gently flowing and the last mile came into contact with a golf course for a short period and small pond before cutting back into the woods to finish out. We came into contact with 8 other people throughout the 2 1/2 hours and 2 dogs so it was nice to be basically all by ourselves for the most part. Anyway if your in that part of NJ and or just want to get out for a little bit then I would recommend this mainly leisurely hike!

1 month ago

Had a fine hike. Lookout to manhattan was great. Lots of water (soggy) yes, but well marked.

3 months ago

Had a great time! The trails are blazed well & the reserve is in great condition. Only compliant is that some of the trails are close to people’s backyards; perimeter of the park is close to private property. Overall watch out for frogs & chipmunks!

trail running
5 months ago

had a lot of fun running this trail after a significant downpour. trails were largely loose rock and because of the rain more streams then paths. saw a guy halfway with video of a black bear that he had seen a bit earlier along the trail, so be aware of your surroundings and consider hiking with a bell to avoid surprises.

6 months ago

I love this hike. It’s on the easier side, mostly on wide clear paths through the woods, with one stretch where you’re hiking up to the top of the hill. Minimal if any scrambling. We’ve done this in all seasons and it’s always fun. You can see pretty far from the top, including NYC. Our dog loves it. Have seen others mountain biking, cross country skiing, etc.

7 months ago

I used to go to William Paterson so knowing where the real start of the trails are was in my favor. I mostly hiked the white trail which unexpectedly turned into the orange trail which then unexpectedly ended in a neighborhood. I walked a couple feet to start on the yellow trail(which i found easily) but the remainder of the yellow trail was not well marked. I ended up losing the yellow trail quickly and instead picked up the white trail again. I was searching for the blue trail which according to where it would be on the map, was not marked at all. I hiked back to the red trail via the white and coming back it was MUCH more difficult to follow. Many of the marked trees are not marked on both sides, hence the difficult following it back. Be prepared for tons of loose rocks and small water crossings.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Recommend a full suspension bike. Very rocky path.

mountain biking
9 months ago

Really rocky, recommend a full suspension. has many technical parts.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

We had a great hike. Even encountered some frogs

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Surprisingly nice trail located in the middle of a densely populated area. Good parking lot near William Patterson University starts the hike. Nice view of NYC to the east, and another to west looking at reservoir and I-287 and hills. A little rocky - mostly loose rocks - no hard climbs and well marked for the most part but there are many unmarked trails so one has to pay attention.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

II must disagree that the trails are poorly marked. In my experience, this park is considerably above average with the blazing of the official color-coded trails. Any time I had that "moment" when you worry you may have lost the trail, it seemed the next blaze was just about to come into sight. Many times I'd just turn and look behind me, and see a blaze right there that I didn't see going forward. But keep in mind there are countless un-blazed trails all over the park. Nicest part of this loop has to be the peak of High Mountain, which the trail goes right across -- no side detours necessary. Mine was a beautiful clear day, with fantastic view of NYC miles away. Trail is extremely rocky -- no climbing, mind you -- but your feet will feel it after a while. No dramatic challenges on this loop -- there are a few very very minor creek crossings, with stones always planted for your navigation across. Good for me, as other parks with official trails I've come to creek/small river crossings where a good deal of balance is needed to step from rock to rock going across (Are you listening, South Mountain?). No big deal for most, but for me those crossings can be scary. Saw few animals on this loop -- seems low density in that department. Bugs were manageable, but do bring your spray. At the loop's northern extreme, you come out on a roundabout, with some homes nearby. Assuming you're doing the overall HMS loop counterclockwise, just walk left along this traffic circle, just a handful of car-lengths, and the re-entry to the rest of the Yellow Trail is fairly obvious -- no signs, per se, but just start hiking and you'll see blazes soon enough. The beginning of the White Trail is a short distance on, clearly blazed. Do remember to look for the white blazes at this point, and not turn off your mental GPS, else the Yellow Trail will lure you west, totally out of the loop. West side of the HMSLoop (White Trail) has a weird stretch where you're walking right alongside the golf course --- you could converse with the golfers at normal speaking level, that close. Always a funny juxtaposition for me -- you sweating away on your voyage thru the woods, and there they are passing by on those little cars, in their finest golf get-up, and I'm sure carrying along a bit of fine bubbly. Makes you wonder who is the smart one? Since I do it all by foot -- no car -- side benefit was walking thru the WPU campus (preferable than Univ Dr, with no sidewalks). It's been 40 years since I saw William Paterson -- it's a lot bigger than I remember, with many new buildings.
Tip: be sure you're starting from the right place. It's the High MountainTrail Parking Lot, on University Drive ("College Road" on older maps), clearly marked on the north side of the road, a little closer to where the road begins at Hamburg Turnpike, than to where it ends on Pompton Rd. The red trail begins right there. There were plenty of takeaway maps available at the trail head on my visit, and very informative signs at the kiosk as well. (Also saw a pair of eyeglasses resting on the box holding the maps -- it'll take a miracle for those to ever be reunited with their owner!)

Sunday, May 21, 2017

According to the apps directions it was easy to get to yet entrance was not easy to find. No signs and no proper entrance. Practically going through someone's back yard to start the hike. Once on the "yellow" trail, signs were hard to find. Path was rocky but no different than other hikes we've been on. Only difference is that the rocks pretty much covered any trail/path so without signs it was pretty easy to hike off the trail. No traffic at all and was pleasant enough once you found your way but nothing to write home about. Pretty average hike. Below average due to lack of signage and lack of entrance.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

A little rocky but nice and easy.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Great view of the city!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Started from the college. There are a lot of trail options to choose from. Had planned on doing the outer perimeter of the preserve but ran short on time. Got back to the car as the snow flurries started. Used the OCM layer, many of the trails are not marked. Great place for orienteering or bushwacking. Very little underbrush but lots of loose rock. Also popular with mountain bikers.

Monday, October 24, 2016

easy hike with great view at the top

mountain biking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

great spot for A family with kids .
great views,kids enjoy it every time .
good markings for beginners.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Good evening hike after work.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Nice and easy! Did the blue trail, wasn't too crowded and it was a scenic hike

Monday, October 19, 2015

This was a nice hike, I did the red-yellow trail loop. I definitely would like to check out the other trails here as well. At the summit I happened upon 6 or 7 whitetails, I was quiet enough that they didn't startle and we stood observing each other for 15 minutes or so. Today was a beautiful cloudless fall day and the view was wonderful. My path was crossed by dozens of chipmunks and squirrels. Not a hard hike at all, but you will have a nice work out on a few steep inclines.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

the trails should be marked a little better but still very beautiful !!

Monday, April 20, 2015

A decent trail with a little bit of elevation. The top of High Mountain has some nice views, but there is also some broken glass (most likely beer bottles). Parts of the trail can be a bit rocky, and the blazes can occasionally get a tad off, but nothing too hard to follow. You're best off starting at the north end, parking in the traffic circle on Winding Hollow Drive.

Monday, March 24, 2014

DON'T use the directions, they are false. Enter the trail from William Paterson University. The trailhead is off a very small parking lot. Good luck finding parking.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

This is a great hike just a short drive from where I live. Some areas can get pretty rocky & there are quite a few rutted areas from dirt bikes. I had a little bit of trouble following parts of the white trail. There were some other marks on some trees, perhaps paintballs. You definitely need to stay aware during that portion of the trail (along the golf course). I extended the hike by taking a Geocaching side trip, my first geocaching experience!

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