Ronald Kliesh, High Tech social studies teacher and Hiking Club moderator, along with Shelly Witham and David Polito, veteran science teacher and social studies instructor, respectively, chaperoned the students, who enjoyed breathtaking glacial erratics, rock outcrops, wetlands, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks that include the Manhattan skyline.
“We’re all looking forward to more hikes and welcome any member of the High Tech High School staff to join us,” says Mr. Kliesh.
Tripod Rock, a 160-ton boulder resting on a trio of smaller boulders, and Bear Rock, one of the largest rocks in the Garden State, proved to be highlights of a hiking trip that encompassed Pyramid and Turkey Mountains in Kinnelon, Boonton, and Montville.
Nearly 30 miles of marked trails provide opportunities for hikers to experience expansive views from flat-topped ridges. The Visitors Center serves as a starting point for loop hikes, with more than a dozen trails in Pyramid Mountain and Turkey Mountain, ranging from 0.7 to 7.3 miles. Several new trails include a 1.2-mile white-blazed trail, plus a black-dot trail and yellow-blazed trail, with a combined length of 2.8 miles. The longer of these two runs from Powerville Road in Boonton Township to Bear Rock.
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