Take A Virtual Tour Of New Jersey’s Pyramid Mountain And Tripod Rock

New Jersey plays host to a wide selection of spectacular hikes. Some are more about enjoying the scenery, while others are more about the destination. One of my favorite hikes takes you to a unique boulder that’s a bit of a mystery. It’s a glacial erratic, which means that it is a piece of rock that differs from the size and type of rock native to the area in which it rests. “Erratics” take their name from the Latin word errare (to wander), and are carried by glacial ice, often over distances of hundreds of miles. Some say this rock, known as Tripod Rock, has mystical origins. Mystical or not, it’s massive!

Tripod rock measures around 19 feet long and 10 feet wide, weighing about 140 tons. It is elevated about 18 inches from the ground. Reaching the rock requires a scenic 3-mile loop hike. While manageable for most, making this hike is not feasible for everyone. And if you’re easily able to tackle this hike, you might want a preview of what to expect…That’s where this video comes in! You can take a virtual tour of Pyramid Mountain and Tripod Rock, guided by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and uploaded by Wanda Kaluza. Check it out!

The Pyramid Mountain visitor’s center can be found at 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville. For directions to Tripod Rock, click here. For an easy hike in Central New Jersey, click here.