|Stephanie on the summit of Peak 2900. Photo by Dave Socky|
But where is Peak 2900, and what does that have to do with Short Hills? Well, it is the only other ranked peak on the Short Hills massif, and is about five miles northeast of the higher summit. It is unnamed, and therefore designated only by its elevation. We, or at least I, had hoped to get to it on the hike in 2010. Things didn’t work out and we didn’t get that far, but I have kept it in mind ever since, partially just to be able to say I’ve been there, and partially to discover some more potential views. In particular, there is a large outcropping of bare rock about 1 ½ miles northeast of the summit that I’ve been hoping to get to.
|Off-trail and headed up|
|The Peaks of Otter|
After enjoying the views sufficiently, we dropped down to Cedar Creek, rockhopped across, and climbed up to the higher northern ridge. There were a few blowdowns and briars, and no trail, but for the most part it was fairly easy travelling over the next two miles to our summit. There were a number of spots I had noticed on Google Earth where I had hoped there might be a view, but most were surrounded by trees. One or two small outcrops had open enough views to be worth taking a couple of pictures from though.
|Dave crossing Cedar Creek|
|Big and Little House Mountains, Big Butt, Elliot Knob, and Jump Mountain|
|Sugarloaf and Grassy Mountains.|
*Note - hiking on Virginia Wildlife Management Areas requires either a valid state hunting or fishing license, or a daily or annual access permit. See the link below under Resources for more info.
The route of the hike to Peak 2900. To see a larger map click here.
2,120' cumulative elevation gain
|Peak 2900, VA|
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