walking
1 month ago

Beautiful and easy.

hiking
1 month ago

This is a really nice area for a hike. Lake Surprise is at the bottom of a little valley so the hike around it is fairly flat. We added a little detour in the middle. The path can be narrow at times and you will want either a map or an app to navigate. But it is worth a visit.

Moderate in length, easy in elevation change.

mountain biking
2 months ago

The trails here are amazing. Perfect proximity to shopping, freeways, parks, parking, lots of single track and river crossings (mostly dry). Wish they had trimmed back the thorn bushes overgrown some sections of the trail. Enjoy it!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Love this trail. It has awesome technical climbs and dry river crossing , however found out by other hikers bikes are not permitted in Watchung, very big shame given the diversity and plenty of options for multi-use activity, maybe that will change one day. Some spots are very rocky. Be careful on rainy days.

Did the pink trail; markings were hard to find; got lost for 30 minutes and had to backtrack. Rocky, climbed over fallen trees, some of the trail had lots of water flowing right on path. There is a rope midway through to help get you from the bottom to climb up to the next ledge ... But I'd do it again! Was a blast! 6 miles according to the trail map

Did the pink trail; markings were hard to find; got lost for 30 minutes and had to backtrack. Rocky, climbed over fallen trees, some of the trail had lots of water flowing right on path. There is a rope midway through to help get you from the bottom to climb up to the next ledge ... But I'd do it again! Was a blast! 6 miles according to the trail map

This is a pretty good trail but the Easy designation might not be accurate for the whole hike. There are a couple spots where the trail is washed away, one of which requires a short, steep climb. It is roughly halfway around the circuit. There is a ladder and rope available to help. But not every hiker would be able to manage that portion of the trail. Overall the trail is reasonably well marked and there weren't a lot of people even on a Sunday afternoon. But there is also a portion that is within earshot of I-78. So it's not perfectly quiet either.

The white trail was marked but had too many intersections and side trails that loops back to the main white blaze trail. a large portion of trail was built as horse bridle path, thus a lot of manure landmines all over. The smell is all around during midday hours. The artificial man made reservoir looked more like a swamp with massive brown algae growth. My son informed me that the water lacks oxygen and thus the brown murky color. Make sure you bring bug spray to ward off the mosquitoes and black flies. The trail was leveled and was easy to hike on. Very heavy tree canopy to shade from the blazing sun. All in all, the trail was sufficiently wide for my 2 sons and me to walk abreast and just shoot the breeze and enjoy each other' company.

It was amazing experience for my family and I it was our first time and we love it

7 months ago

Kid friendly, serene . my first Trail since i moved to US three months back and was all worth. What a way to welcome the spring. MY 10 year old loved it!

I actually made this trail myself as part of my Eagle Scout Project. It's a 6 mile loop trail starting at Trailside and takes you through the reservation. I made it to balance out the existing trails in the reservation and it's pretty easy. It has a couple slope spots along the trail but for the most part it isn't too bad, definitely family oriented. Enjoy!

Good for bird watching and photography opportunities

2 years ago

This trail is more of a one time hike.

I hiked this trail yesterday. A beginner trail. The markings were not clear even with a map. Terrain was rocky at times but usually dirt and flat.