15-Jul-2005 -- After attending a scientific conference near
New York City, I had an extra day to explore the area, so I decided to
visit this confluence in suburban northeast New Jersey. The confluence
is only a few miles from where I was born (Ridgewood, NJ), and my first
home, in Saddle River, where I lived when I was a baby, is also
The confluence is located in a wooded area, a short
distance (roughly 100 meters) east of the Hackensack River. There are
several residential streets within about a quarter mile of the
confluence, but these approaches involve crossing private property,
something I prefer to avoid if at all possible. The approach I used,
while somewhat longer, does not cross any private land, as far as I can
tell. On the east bank of the Hackensack, south of Old Tappan Road,
there is a narrow ribbon of public land and a trail. The trailhead,
which includes a small parking area, is located near a sharp curve on
Old Tappan Road, just to the south of a bridge and the intersection of
Old Tappan Road with Rivervale Road. From the trailhead, the confluence
is 1.33 km to the south-southeast.
The trail is flat and easy to
follow, and I was able to get within about 100 meters of the confluence
before I had to leave the trail. Deer flies bothered me for much of the
way, especially near the river, but at the confluence there were none.
Because of the tree cover and GPS drift, I was frustrated in my attempts
to get all zeroes, so I settled for getting within 10 meters, took my
pictures, and started back.