Houvenkopf Mountain

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Houvenkopf Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 931 ft (284 m)  NGVD 29[2]
Coordinates 41°06′21″N 74°10′31″W / 41.1059292°N 74.1751453°W / 41.1059292; -74.1751453Coordinates: 41°06′21″N 74°10′31″W / 41.1059292°N 74.1751453°W / 41.1059292; -74.1751453[1]
Location Bergen County, New Jersey, U.S.
Parent range Ramapo Mountains
Topo map USGS Ramsey
Easiest route Hike

Houvenkopf or Hovenkopf Mountain is a mountain in Mahwah,[3] in Bergen County, New Jersey, extending into New York, where it forms the western side of the southern entrance to Ramapo Pass. The major peak on the New Jersey side rises to 931 feet (284 m) and is known as Stag Hill. It is separated by a deep saddle from the major peak on the New York side, the "Hooge Kop" proper, which rises to about 770 feet (230 m) and overlooks Hillburn to the north and Suffern to the east. It is part of the Ramapo Mountains.


The mountain's name is derived from the Dutch "Hooge Kop", meaning "High Head". Locals used to spread grain around the summit boulders and catch passenger pigeons.

The mountain was the subject of a poem, "Mount Houvenkopf", by Joyce Kilmer, written in 1918.

Parts of the mountain, including the summit of Stag Hill, are now part of the Ramapo Valley County Reservation and are publicly accessible.


  1. ^ "Houvenkopf Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-07. 
  2. ^ Verified elevation from USGS topographic map Ramsey
  3. ^ Areas covering the point (-74.175145,41.105929), MapIt. Accessed June 19, 2016.

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