Hiking

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Advanced

April 18, 2021 – Ringwood, New Jersey

Problem: Average to Strenuous

Size: Roughly 3.2 miles

Max elevation: 1040 ft.– complete elevation achieve roughly 759 ft.

Route kind: Out and again

Purchase Map: North Jersey Trails Map #115 – NYNJTC

Trailhead parking: Stonetown Recreation Advanced – Mary Roth Drive, Ringwood, NJ 07456


Overview:

Windbeam Mountain is a part of the easternmost part of the New Jersey Highlands. It’s situated north of Wanaque in Ringwood. To the east, it’s bounded by the Wanaque Reservoir, separating it from the Ramapo Mountains. To the north, is the 920-ft. Bear Mountain and Little Windbeam (720-ft.) to the south. The Stonetown Recreation Advanced lies at its western base.

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Complex

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Advanced

At an elevation of 1040 ft above sea degree, Windbeam Mountain rises in a protracted steep, wooded and rocky slope 800 ft above the valley beneath. Since it’s taller than the neighboring hills, the principally flat twin summits, present extensive ranging views in all instructions.

view south of Wanaque Reservoir - Windbeam Mountain

view south of Wanaque Reservoir – Windbeam Mountain

The mountain is a part of nearly 3,000 acres of land that adjoins the Wanaque Reservoir that’s owned by the North Jersey District Water Provide Fee (NJDWSC). 


Historical past:

The unique occupants of this space have been the Lenape Indians, who have been interested in the land for its various pure assets and abundance of freshwater sources, which they utilized for fishing, looking, and navigation. The truth is, Wanaque is the identify given to the valley by the Lenape and has been translated as “valley of sassafras.”

There have been at the least fourteen completely different spellings of Windbeam all through the years. Winbeam, Windbeamus, Wimbeamus, Wiembemis, Weembemus, Weembeamus, Winbeamus, Weambemus, Weambeames, Wenbeamus, Winbbeam are a few of them.

In a number of the previous deeds it’s spelled “Wimbemus.” Some say that Wimbemus means “chestnut tree.” Windbeam and the opposite mountains close by, have been coated with tall wholesome chestnut bushes. Some would counsel a derivation from wimb, coronary heart of a tree; -bi, tree; moschiwi, naked, open: a solitary tree on a bleak mountain high.


Trails Overview:

The Stonetown Round Path and the Highlands Path are coaligned as they traverse the rocky summit. These are the one official trails that summit the mountain. The path is effectively marked, however there are quite a lot of turns and switchbacks, so maintaining a tally of the blazes is important.

coaligned Highlands and the Stonetown Circular Trails - Windbeam Mountain

coaligned Highlands and the Stonetown Round Trails – Windbeam Mountain

Following the Stonetown Round Path from the Stonetown Recreation Advanced, it passes by a low mendacity moist space and it’s a steep rocky climb over Little Windbeam and as much as Windbeam summit, gaining nearly 800 ft in elevation in a couple of mile and a half. 

Please notice: The North Jersey District Water Provide Fee (NJDWSC), which owns the property that’s traversed by these trails, permits entry to their property for climbing and the upkeep of the paths. Please assist to maintain these trails open by staying on the paths and respecting personal property. Perform what you carry in.


Hike Overview:

This hike begins and ends on the Stonetown Recreation Advanced on Mary Roth Drive. There shouldn’t be any points discovering a spot within the massive parking zone. 

Stonetown Recreation Complex

Stonetown Recreation Advanced

Throughout the road from the parking zone is Windbeam Mountain. In the event you search for in the direction of the summit, it’s possible you’ll spot the American Flag flying. That’s your vacation spot.

American Flag - Windbeam Mountain summit

American Flag – Windbeam Mountain summit

This out and again hike follows the red-triangle-on-white blazed Stonetown Round Path for its entirety. First summiting Little Windbeam (720-ft.) then Windbeam (1,040-ft.), and summiting Little Windbeam from the north on the best way again. Your entire ascent is steep and fairly rocky, as is the descent. Mountain climbing poles are a plus. The start and finish of this hike passes by a moist space with a number of small stream crossings. pair of waterproof climbing boots and bug spray is beneficial.   

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Complex

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Advanced

Based on the New Jersey 1K Membership, At solely 1040-ft., Windbeam is the fifth lowest mountain on our NJ1K checklist, however Windbeam truly takes extra vertical climbing to summit than practically some other mountain in New Jersey. The path’s ascent up Windbeam from the south is among the longest sustained steeps in New Jersey.

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Complex

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Advanced

Though that is an out and again, the return route provides hikers a unique look. 


The Hike:

Stroll again out of the doorway highway of the Stonetown Recreation Advanced. Diagonally to the appropriate and throughout the highway you will notice two offset red-triangle-on-white blazes on a pole. That is the Stonetown Round Path which you may be following for your complete hike. The path heads east into the woods, by wetlands and instantly rock hops a small stream. The path curves to the appropriate (south) because it skirts the bottom of Windbeam Mountain. This space may very well be moist and muddy after rainfall.

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

The Stonetown Round Path involves a junction with an unmarked path and turns proper, rock hops one other stream and shortly comes near Stonetown Street earlier than veering away from it. The path descends just a little and crosses one other stream earlier than ascending steeply the southwest slope of Little Windbeam. The path quickly descends once more earlier than resuming its climb.

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail - Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

After about 0.7 mile, the path reaches a junction with the Highlands Path, which is available in from the appropriate. Flip left on the junction (northeast) and comply with the 2 coaligned trails as they climb Little Windbeam very steeply.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

Because the path climbs, it’s possible you’ll need to cease to catch your breath and look behind you because the views begin to open up. As you proceed the steep ascent of Little Windbeam, extra views will seem. On the best way again they are going to be extra apparent.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

The path ranges off on the summit of Little Windbeam, which makes a great spot to relaxation earlier than you make your option to Windbeam Mountain.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

The path descends right into a col, with Windbeam Mountain summit looming simply forward. 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Little Windbeam

Stonetown Round Path – Little Windbeam

The path begins its steep ascent of Windbeam Mountain. As you climb increased, higher views start to look.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

As you climb, there are a number of rock outcrops, to the left of the path with open views. Throughout the valley, the hills of Norvin Inexperienced State Forest are seen to the west. 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

Because the path continues to climb, cease to take a breather and switch round for some southwest-facing views.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

Because the path nears the summit, there’s a massive rock outcrop simply off the path to the left with far reaching views south over the Wanaque Reservoir and past. In my view that is the perfect view on this hike. This makes a terrific place to take a break and relaxation up from the climb.

view south of Wanaque Reservoir - Windbeam Mountain

view south of Wanaque Reservoir – Windbeam Mountain

When you find yourself able to proceed, comply with the blazes a brief distance to the summit of Windbeam Mountain, marked with an American Flag.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Windbeam Mountain summit

Windbeam Mountain summit

 

Windbeam Mountain summit

Windbeam Mountain summit

If the summit is crowded, proceed to the 2nd summit. The path descends steeply a brief distance then climbs. It’s a slight scramble to the 2nd summit, however doable by most. 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

On the high of the 2nd summit, to the appropriate is a rock outcrop with panoramic views northeast to southeast.

view southeast - Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

view southeast – Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

 

view northeast - Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

view northeast – Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

On a transparent day, the Manhattan skyline is seen within the distance.

view of Manhattan skyline - Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

view of Manhattan skyline – Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

Proceed north a brief distance to a different rock outcrop with west-facing views.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

view southwest - Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

view southwest – Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

That is the flip round spot for the hike described right here. If you need to increase the hike, the Stonetown Round Path (the identical route because the Highlands Path) continues north to Bear and Board Mountains. 

view northwest - Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

view northwest – Windbeam Mountain 2nd summit

When you find yourself able to proceed, retrace your steps on the Stonetown Round Path, again to the primary summit.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

Outdated Glory flies proudly on the summit.

Windbeam Mountain summit

Windbeam Mountain summit

Wanting west from the flagpole on the summit.

view west - Windbeam Mountain summit

view west – Windbeam Mountain summit

A zoomed in view of the ballfields on the Stonetown Recreation Advanced. 

view west - Windbeam Mountain summit

view west – Windbeam Mountain summit

On the other aspect from the flag, there may be one other rock outcrop with sweeping views, northeast to southeast. We missed this on the best way up.

view northeast - Windbeam Mountain summit

view northeast – Windbeam Mountain summit

 

view southeast - Windbeam Mountain summit

view southeast – Windbeam Mountain summit

Descending the summit, it’s possible you’ll need to make one other cease on the south-facing viewpoint.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain

 

view south - Windbeam Mountain

view south – Windbeam Mountain

 

aircraft - Windbeam Mountain

plane – Windbeam Mountain

 

Windbeam Mountain

Windbeam Mountain

From there, proceed to retrace your steps on the Stonetown Round Path, descending steeply and again to the parking space, the place the hike started.

Stonetown Circular Trail – Windbeam Mountain

Stonetown Round Path – Windbeam Mountain


Overview:

That is excessive up on my checklist of favourite hikes. The views are a number of the greatest round and there are many them. The path may be very steep and rocky, however the payoff makes it value it. There are quite a few rock outcrops with expansive views that make for nice picnic spots. The abundance of blazes makes the path straightforward to comply with. We started this hike on a Sunday morning at about 8:30am and solely ran right into a handful of individuals your complete hike. The path and the summits have been freed from any trash, let’s hold it that method. 

Execs:

Effectively marked trails, excellent views, not extremely trafficked space, massive parking zone.

Cons:

None.


Take a hike!

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Complex

Windbeam Mountain from Stonetown Recreation Advanced


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