North Jersey Checkpoint
Welcome to the Palisades
Interstate Park in Alpine, NJ. This cache will fulfill the
“Zugspitze” requirement for the
North Jersey Checkpoint Challenge.
Palisades Interstate Park
The Palisades Interstate Park was created in 1900, in response
to concern over the quarrying of the Palisades. Before the creation
of the park, all of the Palisades had been in private hands, the
lower portion, along the river, consisting mostly of riverfront
villages, the cliff top mostly either wood lots or the site of
large summer estates.
Parking: Park Headquarters (Waypoint PARK01)
Cache Container: Small Lock N' Lock provided by
Info: The First Stage is located amongst the Cliffdale
ruins off the Long Path (Aqua Blaze) and is about 50 feet from an
It said Cliffdale’s twenty-five acres included terraced gardens
on the cliff edge. The mansion was demolished in the mid-1930s:
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. purchased the property in 1930 and donated
it, along with other cliff top properties, to the Palisades Park
Commission with the stipulation that the Palisades skyline be
returned to its natural appearance.
Parking: State Line Lookout (Waypoint PARK02)
Cache Container: Ammo Can provided by dhenninger
Info: The Final Stage is located only a few hundred feet
from the Long Path near a safe location where one can fully
experience the level of elevation along the Hudson River
Situated at the highest point on the Palisades Cliffs (elevation
532 ft.), Point Lookout at State Line Lookout commands unparalleled
views of the Hudson and Westchester (New York) County, and on to
the Long Island Sound. The area offers access to some of the best
hiking in the NJ Section, as well, along with over five miles of
cross-country ski trails. Restrooms, public phone, and accessible
overlook are provided.
The Northern New Jersey Cachers (NNJC) are sponsoring the North
Jersey Checkpoint Challenge series. This challenge is intended to
take geocachers on a tour of Northern New Jersey (loosely defined
as north of I-78) while finding caches placed by members of the
NNJC. On the tour, we hope you will find North Jersey an
interesting and beautiful part of our great state.
Scattered around the area are 26 checkpoint caches and a final
challenge cache -
North Jersey Checkpoint Challenge (GC1NNJC). The names of the
individual checkpoint caches are based on a phonetic alphabet using
mountain names since North Jersey is the mountainous region of the
state. The 26 checkpoints do not have to be completed in any
particular order. See the NJCheckpoint bookmark for the complete
list of caches.
Hidden within the 26 checkpoint caches are numbers to be used in
determining the coordinates of the final North Jersey Checkpoint
Challenge cache – please be sure to note them while you are
While there are no special logging requirements for the 26
checkpoint caches, there are special logging requirements for the
final challenge cache. Complete information can be found on the
North Jersey Checkpoint Challenge (GC1NNJC) cache page.
Happy caching and enjoy the North Jersey Checkpoint
This cache is certified North