Mahlon Dickerson Highlights
ElevationAscent: 894' 273 m
Descent: -887' -271 m
High: 1,370' 417 m
Low: 987' 301 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“An enjoyable woodland route through the highest point in Morris County in an underrated trail system.”— Lou Poulas
Soon the spur ends and joins up with the Highlands Trail (Teal). Here, bear right (west), across the bridge, and make a left heading south onto the Yellow Trail. This section is very flat as it is an old rail bed that was part of the Ogden Oron Ore Mine operation. Soon this rail trail ends and Yellow Trail passes through a private backyard, alongside Weldon Brook Lake and a pump station.
Continue on this trail across a few streams, a interesting half fallen tree from a beaver (and it's lodge in the far distance), and across low lying wetlands. At around the 5-mile mark, turn right onto the Highlands Trail (Teal) and follow the uphill route to Headley Overlook. This is the most challenging section of the trail but doable for virtually all runners.
After the overlook, continue on the Highlands Trail (Teal) and across Weldon Road to the north side of the park. Soon the trail crosses into picnic area with a baseball field and joins with White Trail (North) . At the overall 6.35 mile mark, bear right onto Purple Trail. This section is particularly pleasant with a ledge view of a valley and follows along side a small stream before joining back up with White Trail (North) and Highlands Trail (Teal).
At mile 7.9, continue on White Trail (North) by bearing to the left, leaving the Highlands Trail (Teal) that heads north across Sparta Mountain Road. This section follows past a very rare pine swamp and climbs to the highest elevation in Morris County.
At 9 miles, take the Blue with Red Dot Trail spur downhill and join with Blue Trail (North) heading west. Shortly thereafter, make a final left (south) on the Ogden Mine Railroad Trail (Green) which heads back to the Saffin Pond parking lot after crossing Weldon Road again.
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Land Manager: Morris County, NJ - Parks Commission