Parker Loop High Point & Stokes SF, NJ is a 11.8 mile loop trail located near Montague, NJ and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.
Views, Wild trout Stream, Bears, Fall Foliage A great day for viewing the Fall Foliage. The loop I did today takes you through some great forest of Hemlocks, Beach, Oak, Sugar and Red Maples and Birch trees. Along the Howell, Cartwright, and Criss trails you go along many creeks. Like the Flatbrook, Criss, Forked and Parker Brooks, making for a very scenic hike, especially with the Foliage. You will also cross over a wild Trout Stream, the Parker Brook. Along the loop you come to one great viewpoint overlooking Stokes, High Point and the Poconos. Down in the Valleys you also come to old stone foundations from farms that once worked the land. There is a dried-up well along the Cartwright Trail and many springs along the Howell trail. Along the Flatbrook there is an old foundation from a Grist Mill. Today I also saw 5 Black bears. The most I have seen in one day. Lots of Bear activity in the area of the Howell and Parker Trails intersection. They are getting nice a chubby for the long winter ahead.
This trail has no recent uploads here and the new blue trail is 15 miles long unlike the prior uploaded track.
We got off trail quite a bit and ended up on the Appalachian backbone trail. We ended up doing a in and out instead of a loop due to that and with significantly less miles, just under 13. The terrain is moderately rugged and while the elevation is not something most regular hikers will worry much about, the combination of miles, changes in elevation and the typical northeast rocky terrain under your feet will make you realize the full 15 miles of this beautiful trail. It can get very lonely as it does not appear to be a very popular trail.