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Campgaw Mountain, Mahwah

Categories: Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
2.2/5 based on 65+ reviews on the web
Campgaw Mountain is the northernmost ridge of the volcanically formed Watchung Mountains, straddling the border of Franklin Lakes, Oakland, and Mahwah in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Located almost entirely within the bounds of Campgaw Mountain Reservation, the mountain offers numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, including the only ski slope in the Watchungs. Campgaw Mountain is commonly considered to be part of the greater Ramapo Mountains region, but the flora and geology of the mountain is quite different from the surrounding area and more closely resembles the nearby Preakness Range to the south.GeographyCampgaw Mountain extends for three miles approximately north to south along the border of Franklin Lakes, Oakland, and Mahwah. The peak of the mountain rises to 752 feet (229 meters) in Mahwah, becoming the fourth highest peak of Watchungs, though the height of the mountain as measured from its base is generally less than 400 feet (122 meters). A shallow gap exists between Campgaw Mountain and the Preakness and Goffle Hill ranges of the Watchungs to the south, somewhat isolating the ridge from the rest of the Watchung Mountains despite contiguous geology below the surface. In the north, the mountain terminates at the Ramapo Fault, the western border of the Newark Basin. Campgaw Mountain also marks the eastern edge of the Ramapo River Valley, forming a sizable basin between itself and the Ramapo Mountains.
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  • For a slope in the NJ foothills, it's fine. Avoid the obvious busy times, when the once-a-year crowd turn up, and get yourself a quick top-up without having to travel far. The top of the slope is stee...  read more »
  • Folks in the west don't consider the Ramapos mountains, but they are about the same height as the Ural Mountains. Local usage defines what a "mountain" is. Take N.J. Route 208 North to the Summit Aven...  read more »
  • NOTE: This review is for hiking in Spring, not skiing / snowboarding. I went here for a hike over the weekend and it was enjoyable. I think if you're looking for mountains with viewpoints / rocky area...  read more »
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