North Jersey Checkpoint Challenge
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 ThirstyMick
Info: The First Stage is located amongst the Cliffdale ruins off the Long Path (Aqua Blaze) and is about 50 feet from an excellent viewpoint.
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 cliffs.
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.
Official NJCC Information
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 there.
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 Challenge!!!
This cache is certified North Jersey