Turkey Mountain Loop is a 4.4 mile loop trail located near Boonton, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Hike over varied terrain to some views and seasonal waterfall Catch the blue blazed Butler-Montville Trail in the northeast corner of the parking lot. The trail soon begins to climb the "100 Steps" section, reaching the top where there are views to the east and west. Bear left (north) on the Red Trail, skirt the summit of Turkey Mtn (a view is just beyond the summit on a large rock outcrop), then bear left (north) on the Yellow Trail. It descends slowly, reaching a road where it crosses a stream and heads back into the woods. It parallels a road for a bit, turns west and crosses a bridge where there is a seasonal waterfall to the right. It passes under power lines, goes through a wet, rocky area, then levels out. From here its a flat, easy walk back to your car. <p> Alternately, from the bridge/waterfall, catch the green trail going west. It climbs gently, passes stone ruins then reaches an outstanding view of Lake Valhalla. At the end of the green trail bear left on the blue trail and right on the yellow and back to your car.
Not much elevation gain. No views to speak of. Trail was easy to navigate.
Nice hike with some great views of the lake and deep Forrest. Had some steep inclines and declines but nothing to intense. Some paths are overgrown but still manageable.
Not a bad day. Mostly walking on double wide gravel through the woods but was able to take in a wildlife blind, the ruin of an old stone house, and a partially obscured view of the lake. A decent hike, pretty easy cruising, combined this with the pyramid mountain loop on the other side of the road for a longer day.
Ok waterfall was not flowing
Track was a bit overgrown and markers hard to see along Brook Rd section.
This trail was ok. Not much to see except for a water fall at one point. Went in the spring with a friend and my sister. Saw absolutely no turkeys. Very muddy through out many parts of the trail. Some of trails were closed off due to ongoing construction. Decent exercise though as the trail does have some nice up hill hiking. Overall not bad.
Nice hike. The views were quite unspectacular but for a workout it was great!
Took my girlfriend there last year where she had her first bear encounter with me. Something will never forget! Never saw one on Pyramid mt side funny enough. The 100 steps are a bit of a challenge, not too difficult though. Valhalla falls are cool, and so are the views of Valhalla lake. Not as popular or well known to people as Pyramid mt. but still worth the visit!
So many miss this wonderful hike because they park in the parking lot for Pyramid Mountain, and never think to walk across the street (Boonton Avenue) to find the trail head. At a sign for "Turkey Mt. 100 Steps Trail," the trail rail begins. Follow this trail, which parallels the road at first, then turns right and continues beneath overhead power lines. It soon begins to ascend, first moderately and then more steeply over a series of rock steps, known as the "100 Steps," with a west-facing view near the top of the climb. 5.4 miles, moderate, minimal elevation gain. 4 viewpoints: two obscured, one of a lake, and one of the NYC skyline (very faint in the days humid haze). Also pass two ruins of stone homes. The park is dog friendly (leases required) and as you can see by one of my photos, our little westie (Clancy) enjoys his trips there.
The hike was quite disappointing compared to Pyramid Mountain. The 100 steps were interesting, as were the stone ruins and the viewpoint on the Green Trail. Otherwise, the trail was not very well-maintained, a good portion of the trail laid underneath unslightly power lines, and the trail itself was plain boring outside of the few points of interest.