Point Mountain Peak to River Trail

HARD 104 reviews

Point Mountain Peak to River Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lebanon Twp, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
577 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

rocky

Steep up and gradual decent down to Musconetcong River. Beautiful vista valley views from top of Point Mountain.

1 month ago

Great hike. Worth the view!

hiking
2 months ago

4 months ago

It was mostly flat terrain the whole time so it's nice for a more relaxed walk in the forest (as oppose to a "hard" hike). There was a small peak but it overlooked farm fields and roads so it didn't feel like I got really into nature...

hiking
5 months ago

This has a lot of rocks on the orange part of the trail. Starts off blue and a nice walk along the river. Two nice fields you go along when the orange trail starts...then the rocks and what a climb. Nice increase in elevation and beautiful views at the top. It is rightly rated a hard and make sure you have ample rock walking shoes.

hiking
6 months ago

Love this hike, it's a challenging start with boulders to climb up to the view. I am disappointed that people have spray painted the mountain at the top. It has a great gradual down trail, through forest, opens up to fields before it ends at the river.

6 months ago

we started by heading right/straight at the first decision from the parking lot since it had the most rapid elevation. it was medium and large rocks heading up. at about 1/2 mile was a great viewing area. Headed up further and trail leveled off. Heading down was less rapid elevation and not as challenging as the first half mile. one portion was along the edge of a field. The final stretch was along the river, which was a nice view.

hiking
8 months ago

Awesome spot. The main trail to the mountain point doesn't take very long and is moderate difficulty. However if you're up for a challenge you can climb straight up the mountain (off trail). To do this take the Orange trial until it takes a sharp right, at this point don't follow the right turn but instead follow the trail-like clearing ahead of you and climb till you reach the vantage point. You will meet the trail once you reach the very top. Also great fishing spot at the base, stocked with trout regularly.

hiking
9 months ago

I like this hike. It is an easy hike for the most part with only the initial vertical climb up the ridge. Once you are at the top its an easy walk. The hike is also kid friendly but parents should be mindful only because there is a lot of poison ivy on the trail (not directly on the path itself but on either side). Also, in some spots the Orange trail can be marked better (some markings that are painted on trees are faded). There were still a few wet/muddy area (I hiked on a Tuesday and we had rain here on Saturday/Sunday) but otherwise a dry, easy to follow trail. One thing I was disgusted by (definitely not the park departments fault) was the litter and graffiti present at the top of the ridge where the scenic overlook is. Some of the graffiti was pretty bad foul language (read: 'F' word) so I hope they can remove it all but trashy people will be trashy people.

hiking
9 months ago

Awesome trail! Rocky on the way up, moderately hard difficulty during the beginning but once you reach the top the rest of the trail is pretty easy. Aside from the broken glass, trash, and profanity laden graffiti the tippy top has amazing views and some pretty artwork. Towards the end of the trail you'll walk past these two huge gorgeous fields of tall grass, singing birds, cute squirrels, and dancing butterflies! It is very picturesque but resist your temptations to frolic through the tall grass into Tick City. Great hike!

hiking
9 months ago

Almost has everything: a steep and rocky scramble up, great view, a walk along the ridge, forest paths, stream crossing, open fields, and a river walk. It also has a shortcut to the top (would rather people earn the view). Safe trails!

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9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Great view at summit

Sunday, February 05, 2017

I did the orange trial to the transition to the blue trail. Let's be clear. It's not "hard". Not sure who is rating this trial but people were walking their dogs and I ran into a couple that the girl was wearing heeled boots. There are some rocks and not so sure if I would be telling my girl it's "ok" to be wearing heeled boots but just to give you an idea. It took me about 2 hours and I wasn't moving the fastest. But the trial itself is really fun. Good for couples and if your a novice. No issue. The climb is in the beginning and gives a half decent look out point once you reach the top. You follow across the top for a little while and start to drop down on the other side. You reach a open space that connects to other open spaces. Great scenery. You hit a post that expresses both blue and orange. Cut left at the post and follow that around on the edge of the field. To enter the blue trial. Brings you down to a creek and follow this trial right back to where you started. Fun trial but not hard at all.

hiking
Friday, January 20, 2017

Perfect hike for a quick Saturday outdoor activity. Fun rock scramble up the mountain to get the heart pumping. Cool views at the top. Beautiful river walk towards the end. Can't wait to try this one again in the summer!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Excellent trail. It is in fact a somewhat hard trail with a lot of rocky climbs which I enjoyed. Pretty well blazed for the most part. Was one section on orange trail where we went off course about fifty feet and just backtracked to find the blaze with no problem. Atop the orange trail you're basically traversing a mountaintop ridge which is nothing short of exhilarating. Found a lot of breathtaking moments on this trail, one of which was being no more than twenty feet from a perched bald eagle at the orange trail summit. If you start on the blue and end with the orange you do in fact have a difficult, rocky steep decent back to the car, which is why most start with orange and end with blue. No problem though, just went slow and handled it. 5 star hands down.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

One of my favorites around! Incredible view. The trails on the bottom part of the mountain along the river are easy great for kids and dogs. Good fishing spots. However if you choose to go up, be prepared. Hiking shoes or boots should be worn. It's rocky. And at one point I felt like I was climbing the steps to mordor. The view at the top is incredible so the burning of your quads will be worth it!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

it was fun... great overlook and a steep climb.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Nice little workout. The creek is especially beautiful as is the view on top of point Mountain. The trail is difficult only for the first half mile. I recommend the incline up to the mountain to start. Going down is hard on the knees if you start the blue trail first.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

Overall stunning trail, lots to see out here.

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

This is an awesome, concise trail that gives you amazing views, meadows, and a scenic trail by the river. Only lasts 2 hours (with breaks) so would be perfect around sunset. Follow the Orange trail past the overlook and down the mountain until you enter the first meadow then follow the left trail and look for the blue trail

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