Hamburg Mountain High Point
- Elevation: 1495 feet
- : 41.1524, -74.5139
- County: Sussex
- Ownership: public
- Owner: Hamburg Mountain Wildlife Management Area
- Trail Map:
- Topo Map: Acme Mapper
- Nearest Higher Neighbor: Sunrise Mountain, 11.7 miles.
Other Members Who Have Climbed Hamburg Mountain High Point
- Anthony Lipovsky (trip report)
- Brian Lubbert (trip report)
- Brom Vermeulen (trip report)
- Doug Weiss (trip report)
- Eric Koppel (trip report)
- George Grzyb (trip report)
- Gregory Bubniak (trip report)
- Hayley (trip report)
- Ian Colquhoun
- Jeff Bennett (trip report)
- John Bialek
- Michael (Mike) Schwartz (trip report)
- Ralph Bressler (trip report)
- William Maurer (Hoosier) (trip report)
Description: Hamburg Mountain High Point is the highest mountain in New Jersey outside of the Kittatinnies, the highest trailless peak in New Jersey, and the highest mountain in the crystalline New York/New Jersey Highlands. (Schunemunk is higher, but Schunemunk is a newer formation and is made of puddingstone).
The actual summit of the high point is a rock outcropping without any view, but east of the summit there are steep slabs of exposed bedrock that offer expansive and unobstructed views of the wilderness of the Pequannock Watershed.
As usual for these mountains, there are woods roads around the Hamburg Mountain High Point, but, surprisingly, they do not seem to get much use from ATV riders. The woods roads are quite overgrown with moss, grass, and underbrush and dissolve into the woods after a few hundred feet. There are no woods roads or ATV trails near the summit or at any of the likely launch points, making a hike up to this peak more of a true bushwhack than many other high peaks.
Despite the wilderness nature of the woods here, there are outposts of civilization. The crescent shaped lake north-northwest of the summit is the "Mountain Top Recreation Center" and has cabins, boating, and a swim beach. Privately-owned Lake Wildwood also has many houses on it.
Mountain Creek Ski Area (formerly Vernon Valley/Great Gorge) and Hidden Valley Ski Area are on the slopes of the Hamburg Mountains. In the early 2000s, Mountain Creek attempted to build 1600 condos and retail on the mountain top, but this plan was scrapped due to environmentalist opposition and the State stepping in with $7 million for a land purchase.