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The firetower is one of my favorite views in New Jersey. Lots of uphill and large rocks. I'd consider it an intermediate trail.
I parked at Millbrook Village and took the Orchard trail to a hunting road. Missed the trail as shown on the map but took Old Mine Road then a deer path to a ravine down to the river. It was difficult for me because the trail was not marked or well maintained.
I found a rock wall and followed it along the river through heavy brush and fallen trees until I met back up with the orange trail.
This met up with another parking area and the yellow trail. Again after a while the blaze got difficult to follow but eventually made my way back to the village.
The yellow trail at Van Campens Glen was the highlight of this hike. I will return here but would not trek through the unmarked sections again unless there is serious trail maintenance done.
Tied this loops to the Douglas/Rock Cores/Garvey Springs loop connected with an out and back on the A/T (Raccoon Ridge). The run was decent, however the vista was extremely crowded with people drinking booze and eating pizza...so much for an enjoyable view.
Nice loop, running the ridge is great with some nice vistas and the firetower is a great view!
11/6/2016. Headed northeast from Dunnfield Creek trail head to Sunfish Pond with my 8 year old son. Packed lunch, water and plenty of snacks. Took us just over 2 hrs to get up to pond- pretty steady climb but not bad. A few areas were very rocky and one could easily twist an ankle if not careful. We were fine in sturdy sneakers, though light or medium hiking boot would be ideal. Followed the creek for a while- pleasant scenery. Eventually gain elevation and it gets a little harder. Passed a little area of cairns that was very serene and had some nice views from the top of the ridge looking northwest. Ate lunch at the pond- beautiful place to eat and rest. Didn't explore the pond, though would have if time permitted. We hiked back at a more leisurely pace, 3 hrs, giving plenty of time for an 8 year old (and his dad) to poke stuff with a stick or climb on rocks and trees along the way. Fall was a great time to hike. Also enjoyed being on the AT and not having to wear orange at the start of archery season. Highly recommend for family and kids 8+. Doable in one day- plan for 4-5 hrs directly or 6-7 if you plan on ambling. If you're a trail runner- I saw several runners pass me. Gradual climb and good distance made for nice run, though rocky terrain was a drawback for me, personally. Happy trails!
Ryan B. on VanCampens Glen Loop
I went on a Thursday morning and my friend and I were the only ones there. It's a moderate trail. Really cool geological changes to the rocks from water erosion. I will go back again.