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.
Another dry creek bed.
The paths are quite wide and surrounded by large rocks.
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.
The open path.
The sky peeks in through the trees.
Reaching the top.
The path to the summit.
Rocks line the edges – it is basalt, very characteristic of the Watchung Mountain Range..
Looking back down the path.
A place to sit on the top.
Seeing NYC through the trees.
Using a telephoto lens to see the city.
The city in the distance.
The trees frame the view.
The sun is setting and gives us lots of rays through the trees.
It is not an easy trail along this path.
Leaves changing colors.
Smooth and easy paths once again.
The original park entry gates.
Extremely wide trails means there are bike riders about.
The trees hang like roots.
Some logs hang over the path. People like to climb on them.
An old driveway entrance on the north end.
An old rock wall.
The trails are being renovated, check out the website link at the beginning of this entry for details.
Autumn appears on the ground.
The trees are changing.
Next entry: A very cold walk through Saxon Woods.