At only 1040', Windbeam is the fifth lowest mountain on our NJ1K list, but Windbeam actually takes more vertical climbing to summit than nearly any other mountain in New Jersey.
From the south and west Windbeam is a 700' climb. The Highlands trail's ascent up Windbeam from the south is one of the longest sustained steeps in New Jersey; even providing a false summit and views at Little Windbeam. Even the easier and more frequently climbed western climb via the Stonetown Circular is a 600' climb. Even from the col with Bear Mountain Windbeam is over a 500' climb.
Windbeam and several other fine mountains in the Wyanockies are traversed by the Stonetown Circular. In this picture, Mighty Windbeam as seen from Signal Rock.
Trail was wet due to the rain last evening so it was a little slippery in spots. A lot of cars in the lot but only saw one other hiker. Having the trail to ourselves was wonderful. Great views of NYC skyline in distance. This hike is a great aerobic workout. It does not disappoint. Overall another great NJ hike that is less than 10 minutes from my house. Everyday on the a trail is a gift!
Plenty of parking in the lot. Easy access to the trail right across the street. Wet in spots due to rain last night. This is a great up and down hike. Keeps the heart pumping for a good workout. Had the summit to ourselves and enjoyed the views of NYC on the way up. Great day on the trail!!