Echo Lake West Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Newfoundland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.
Easy hike along the shore of Echo Lake with nice views A permit is required for this hike and all hikes on NWCDC property. It can be purchased at the office at 220 Echo Lake Rd (the starting point for this hike). Catch the Highlands Trail (blue diamond blazes) at the SW corner of the parking lot and go towards the lake. It soon joins the white blazed Echo Lake West Trail and together they follow the shore line, with several nice views along the way. At about the 1.5 mile point the Highlands Trail leaves to the left. Continue following white blazes to the trails end at an outstanding overlook at the north end of the lake. Retrace your route to your car. Optionally, if you don't mind a short road walk, you can continue past the trails end on an unmarked, but well defined trail. Follow to brook and come out on Gould Rd. Turn right and catch the Echo Lake East Trail (white blazes) on right just past Sherwood Ct. Highlands Trail soon joins from left. Follow Highlands trail back to car