View of Blue blazed trail which is on an old railbed.
Trail splits into lower and upper portion - Upper angles up towards Mt. Olive.
View of overgrown Incline Plane across from Waterloo village.
View from across the river.
Bridge as it is now - Quite unsafe.
View of dam gate from bridge area - Gate remains functional.
View of Waterloo Willows and Village to the left.
Video of Bridge and bottom of Incline Plane.
Walk up the Incline Plane - Very overgrown and deteriorating fast.
Detail of higher side of railroad reinforced bridge - Mortar / cement used in this section.
Lower side apparently judged to need less reinforcement - I assume this is a railroad bridge.
Looking back down towards the river 3/4 way up plane.
Bear Scat - Encountered several piles on the walk.
Footing for Plane Rails - Rust Deposits remain.
Vegetation really gets thick further up .
Detail of rail attachment.
Levels off on top.
Some kind of ditch on top, maybe the canal / plane junction point?
Old Maple with rt. 80 in background.
The original Roebling Cable still lays on the top of the incline plane.
Detail of cable end - Cut with Acetylene torch - melted end.,
Again, some kind of pit/ excavation.
Upper area - I assume this leads eventually to Rt. 206 long exit. There used to be a "Canal Greenway" - Is this it?
I will come back in the winter! - Area is a microclimate - vegetation has almost a mid-summer look vs Higher elevations.
Move heavy duty cable - maybe used in the de-construction of the Incline plane or the Railroad bridge - OR is it the ORIGINAL CABLE??
This is the trail blaze to follow.
Closeup of rust stains and rail grooves.
Heading Back down.
I was amazed how fast the area became overgrown - Video.
Diversity in stonework at bridge section.
Difference between native stone construction and load bearing bridge support.
Back to the bridge - Looks quite rustic.
Closer look at supports - Some appear quite solid.
Gate at the Dam looks in good repair.
Some bolts/mechanism parts are stainless steel.
One small leak - Looks in very good shape considering the rough recent winters.
Across the Dam to Waterloo village.
View from Dam gate back towards the bridge.
Top of Mountain - Far right is Overlook reachable by teal and yellow trail.
Came upon a house on this road cutoff by Rt. 80.
No spray paint and no apparent vandalism. Other houses on Stuyvesant estate side are vandalized and stripped of windows and door knobs.
Rear of house - I NEVER approach entrances like this - Coyotes sleep SOMEPLACE and there is digging activity in the yard area.
Slate roof - Probably from 1800's also.
Front porch appears to be just weather deterioration - Nice house - two fireplaces, at either end.
Remnants of Electric water heater - Home probably occupied into the 1970's when cut off by Rt. 80.
View of Methodist church from across the river.
Stones along bank look to be placed here long ago.
Very interesting area - appears to have been an open field recently.
Field area - Close to Rt. 80.
Path leads through the field.
Path continues under Rt. 80 and I assume leads all the way to Stephens State Park - That's for another Day.
Rt. 80 bridge over the Mighty Musconetcong.
I didn't know Waterloo Village was in Byram! Not until now.
I noticed Bear Scat under the bridge - Kind of don't want to meet one here - one of us would be swimming.
Rt. 80 "Wildlife fence" Borders field area.
A couple more shots of the house - Back door broken in.
Windows are intact along with glass.
Rear enclosure looks to be clapboad spec from 1950's or earlier.
Some of house still in good shape, but no way to get to it - The NJ Highlands will eat it up! - Too bad it couldn't be de-constructed and the materials used for yet another Waterloo restoration.
Very Rustic looking - Animals appear to cross by looking at the trail.
Fake Duck seems unfazed - Wonder how long he's been here.
View across the river.
one more view of dam gate.
Climate difference easy to see here - shunk cabbage is mid-summer size already.
Back towards the trade center.
Old infastructure and disturbed areas all along the trail - for Winter.
Need to remember to take this right turn to return to the Incline Plane walk - Other trail ?
Trail entrance on Continental Drive..
View back to Waterloo road parking lot.
My Truck's out of Gas! Waiting for the price to go down.. In the meantime I'm roughing it with the Z/28.