New York City: High Point

This 11.8-miler traces the Appalachian Trail along an idyllic ridgeline to New Jersey's highpoint, 60 miles from Manhattan.
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This 11.8-miler traces the Appalachian Trail along an idyllic ridgeline to New Jersey's highpoint, 60 miles from Manhattan.

Mapped by Shannon Davis

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.6

Waypoints

HPT001

Location: 41.2524833679199, -74.6895294189453

From parking area, head N on white-blazed Appalachian Trail to ascend finger ridge of Kittatinny Mtn. chain

HPT002

Location: 41.2577171325684, -74.6825485229492

Straight (NE) @ 4-way with Iris Trail, blazed with a red dot

HPT003

Location: 41.2625007629394, -74.6781311035156

A break in trees reveals SE views of nearby lakes and forests

HPT004

Location: 41.2691993713379, -74.6815643310547

Straight @ 4-way with Iris Trail, continuing on AT

HPT005

Location: 41.2776184082031, -74.6823654174805

Short side trail R leads to Rutherford Shelter. Scattered clearings along ridge afford wide E views of Lake Rutherford

HPT006

Location: 41.2885665893555, -74.6746673583984

Rocky outcropping makes for a nice rest spot

HPT007

Location: 41.3032341003418, -74.6720657348633

Straight (NE) @ 4-way with Iris Trail and Mashipacong Trail. In .2 mi., pass High Point SP main office and cross NJ 23

HPT008

Location: 41.316650390625, -74.6645660400391

Small wooden tower provides view of High Point Monument; get postcard shot of 220-ft. gray obelisk

HPT009

Location: 41.3183517456055, -74.6635971069336

Bear L onto red- and green-blazed Monument Trail, heading N. Turkey buzzards often circle overhead

HPT010

Location: 41.3210678100586, -74.6615295410156

High Point (1,803 ft.): The summit's granite and quartzite monument offers bird's-eye views of Pocono ridgelines, Catskill peaks, and surrounding countryside. Retrace steps to trailhead

High Point Summit

Location: 41.3199806213379, -74.6628952026367

Trailhead

Location: 41.2537002563477, -74.6892013549805