Carris Hill Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ringwood, NJ and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round.
Norvin Green Park, Mines & Carris Hill We took the Mine Trail past the Mine Falls. Past the falls, evidence of the old mining operations in this area were everywhere. We finally reached the Roomey Mine, and old iron mine which can be entered with great care. We grabbed our headlamps and explored it for awhile. We then followed the Mine Trail to the Blue Mine, a flooded mine, and began to ascend Carris Hill. High Point was the first viewpoint we reached, and you could see the skyline of Manhattan over 30miles away! Below us was the vast Wanaque Reservoir. Here we picked up the Highlands Trail and followed it over Yoo-Hoo Point and to the summit of Carris Hill itself. Here, the Carris Hill Trail lead steeply downwards to the Chikahoki Brook. The trail was very rocky and we hiked along slowly and carefully. We met the Lower Trail at the brook itself and followed it around the base of Carris Hill back to the Mine Trail and to the parking area.
this is a great hike with abundant view points and visuals with some fun scrambles. we parked at Weis Eco centre and followed a green - yellow - white - yellow - blue - loop hitting Carris Hill Yoohoo Point and Wyanokie High Point. it was a really fun day!
Was a good hike. Trials are marked clearly. Although they ran out of maps at the station so I took a pic of the map. It's a nice hike for Jersey but doesn't compare to other states like New Hampshire and Colorado.
The map provided by the ecology center was helpful. The trails were well marked for the most part. Whoever marked blue was a little excited to use spray paint and whoever marked yellow thinks 15 degrees counts as a turn, but for the most part we never had trouble finding the next blaze. The trails were very clean, I only had to pick up three small pieces of trash. Some bouldering options, would consider revisiting with a crash pad. Some nice views, including NYC. Terrain changed frequently from rocky to soil to roots and back and forth. Not the most exciting hike, but certainly enjoyable.
We parked and started near the Weis Ecology Center, but took a detour to go to Hi-Point. With the detour it made this hike a somewhat more challenging one. A great day!
We started in Bloomindale, NJ at Wyanokie Crest TH (N 41.03782 W074.34543). Took Yellow to Blue, followed Blue to Blue/White junction, continued on Blue to Blue/Yellow junction, followed Yellow with beautiful views, on Yellow/White junction turned right on White to the Falls, then Blue and Yellow back to the parking. Nice hike (3 hours), not overly demanding with nice views.
Not sure how this trail is only rated moderate, it was pretty difficult. Even if you're in shape you're probably going to have to stop at least once on the way up. I will say that there are some excellent views at the top (I'll post pictures). We went early on a Friday afternoon (2:00 PM) so there were literally no other people there. The day was beautiful and we ate lunch up on a rocky ridge just off the trail overlooking the Wanaque reservoir. Highly recommended for the views but it's a tough climb for sure. Not as many scrambles as I would like, either.
Started from Glenwild Avenue in Bloomingdale, took the yellow trail to the Hewitt-Butler blue trail. The ascent up Carris Hill on the blue trail is very demanding, a constant steep incline with no flat land. Saw fresh bear scat near the top of the hill. Once blue met up with the true Carris Hill trail (yellow), the sights were fantastic. There were at least four great viewpoints, a few where the NYC skyline is clearly visible, even on a hazy day. Another viewpoint overlooks the Wanaque Reservoir in its entirety. After the last viewpoint, we headed down the white trail to visit Chikahoki Falls. The decline is very steep and dangerous with loose rocks nearly the entire length of the trail. Even in a drought, the water hole at the falls is beautiful (just wish there was more running water). From there, we took the fire road back to the car in less than a half hour. At the end of the day, I don't think there's a better hike in New Jersey. I would do this again several times. The difficult parts will keep you interested and the gorgeous views are more than worth the sweat.
Amazing hike, did far more then the carris loop but all was great. began on the green blazed OH trail there were some great outlook points along the way over looking the valley. i def recommend coming down through the blue blazed section of the HT the otter hole falls are a great stop along with chik falls. Carris Hill was a demanding ascent but the views were out of the world. The city skyline mixed with the mountains and the reservoir were an awesome site. The climb to high point was again demanding but worth the views from the summit but coming down the southeast face was spectacular but your gunna have to see it for yourself. two thumbs up!