Apshawa Preserve - Green Loop is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Milford, NJ that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Outstanding views and interesting ruins in this relatively unknown area Enter woods on white trail. After about 5 minutes you will see the green trail come in from the left, going down hill. Turn left here. Trail soon ascends on a woods road, then levels out for about a mile. You'll come to a pond and a large dam. Turn left staying on the green trail as it descends, follows a stream, passes some ruins and huge, rusted tanks, then crosses stream and continues on a woods road. Waterfalls on left. Pay attention here as trail leaves road to right and begins a steep climb, eventually reaching some outstanding overlooks. A short bushwack brings even more views. Trail then descends gradually, reaches a gravel road then turns back into the woods after a short distance, then crosses a stream. Eventually you come to an intersection with a yello trail. Stay left on the green, follow it to the white trail, turn right on the white and back to your car.
good for family to get one day trip
Overall, a great hike for beginners, not too difficult. I did it with my father (who is 75) and he had no problem at all.
Beware of bears and ticks though.
I liked that it was a short trail and had a lot to offer. I actually was only on part of the green loop. I was mostly on the blue, but didn't have service to record the trip. Nice views and well taken care of! It's cool that most of it is fenced in to keep out deer. I took blue, white, red, green, blue, purple, then followed the fence back to the lot I came from (except the worst part was the ending 'cause it wasn't a real trail), and it was about 3 miles. Will definitely recommend, especially for beginners.
Really awesome trail. Really great views. A lot of broken glass at the start of the trail. Couldn't find the waterfall.
This hike is nice and easy, maybe a bit strenuous for someone just starting. There are a couple of Dams, a cascade and some cool rock formations. The overlooking scenery is not as good as some of the other hikes that are close by but they are not bad. I recommend doing this one of you just want to get outside get some fresh air and get your blood pumping. If you want more adventure or nicer scenery maybe try something a little farther north or the rock scramble near the Giant's Steps at Palisades interstate park which is across from the NYC Skyline.
Overall it was an enjoyable hike.
Great hike. Definitely not for young children or the non agile. Very well marked & clean. It should be noted that the trails have apparently changed. There is a map on the front gate at the trail head. Take a picture with your phone. It will come in handy. FYI several trees are currently down across the green trail. You will need to climb over/under many. Personally I loved this & thought it added to the trail. You may not agree. I only noticed one spot with a little mud, but I can see this area flooding. Highly recommended.
Loved the green loop. After 8 months not hiking, it was a joy to hike in the woods again. With ponds, dams, ruins and small water falls, it's quite exciting to be on this trail.
Went on the Butler Reservoir loop too a few days later, it was quite challenging in parts with downed trees and boggy areas, again a great hike, the yellow trail closed though, because of beaver damming activity, too bad.
This is a nice hike with a varied combination of features to keep one interested. The switchbacking going up green trail after the dam is by far the most difficult part of the hike. The views are alright, probably better in the fall. However, if you hike for viewpoints this may not be for you. The views fail to match up with many of those found in the Wyanokies and Ramapos of Norvin Green SF, Ringwood SP, Stonetown, etc. Otherwise, there's a little bit of just about everything.