Mills Reservation Hike in Essex County

In late October, 2016, we took a trip to Essex County in NJ to hike Mills Reservation. It is a hilly hike that offers a nice view of NYC from the top of the mountain trail. It’s a pretty easy hike, not too many hills (unless you go exploring outside of the park for food – which is not nearby or easily accessible by public transportation on the weekends). We entered on a side trail not on the  trail maps that I nicknamed the “bottle” trail as people had used empty bottles on sticks to designate the path. The leaves had started to change and we had a lot of sun on this hike.

It had been very dry and there were a lot of dry creek beds.

It had been very dry and there were a lot of dry creek beds.

Another dry creek bed.

Another dry creek bed.

The paths are quite wide and surrounded by large rocks.

The paths are quite wide and surrounded by large rocks.

Someone cut the logs so you could walk easily on the paths.

Someone cut the logs so you could walk easily on the paths.

In this case, ramps were made instead of cutting the logs. Bikes can go over these as well.

In this case, ramps were made instead of cutting the logs. Bikes can go over these as well.

The open path.

The open path.

The sky peeks in through the trees.

The sky peeks in through the trees.

Reaching the top.

Reaching the top.

The path to the summit.

The path to the summit.

Rocks line the edges.

Rocks line the edges – it is basalt, very characteristic of the Watchung Mountain Range..

Looking back down the path.

Looking back down the path.

A place to sit on the top.

A place to sit on the top.

Seeing NYC through the trees.

Seeing NYC through the trees.

Using a telephoto lens to see the city.

Using a telephoto lens to see the city.

The city in the distance.

The city in the distance.

The trees frame the view.

The trees frame the view.

The sun is setting and gives us lots of rays through the trees.

The sun is setting and gives us lots of rays through the trees.

It is not an easy trail along this path.

It is not an easy trail along this path.

Leaves changing colors.

Leaves changing colors.

Smooth and easy paths once again.

Smooth and easy paths once again.

The original park entry gates.

The original park entry gates.

Post #1

Post #1

Post #2

Post #2

Extremely wide trails means there are bike riders about.

Extremely wide trails means there are bike riders about.

The trees hang like roots.

The trees hang like roots.

Some logs hang over the path. People like to climb on them.

Some logs hang over the path. People like to climb on them.

An old driveway entrance on the north end.

An old driveway entrance on the north end.

An old rock wall.

An old rock wall.

The trails are being renovated, check out the website link at the beginning of this entry for details.

The trails are being renovated, check out the website link at the beginning of this entry for details.

Autumn appears on the ground.

Autumn appears on the ground.

The trees are changing.

The trees are changing.

Next entry: A very cold walk through Saxon Woods.

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About nsantasier

I am an actor, fight choreographer, playwright, and photographer based in and around NYC. I shoot on a Canon Rebel XS with either a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens or a Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 IS Telephoto Zoom lens as they are the only lenses I currently own.
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