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Excellent workout. Not for dogs, small children, or a novice...your legs will be sore in the morning.. You will have to climb over large rocks/boulders. Great views. Lots of people. Wear proper shoes or boots. There is a place to eat and rest rooms.
Highly recommend.

The trail was very muddy and wet. It was not well marked, which made it hard to follow the All Trails map. The vistas were not that aesthetic, with houses and highways in view. This trail should be rated Moderate. I recommend going south at the start of the back loop. Overall, this hike was disappointing.

hiking
23 days ago

I’m an older hiker and found that the steep southern ascent after the rock scramble challenged me. About 500 feet in .3 miles, stone stairs. Younger hikers should find it steep, but not as tiring as I did. Going to do it again, hopefully easier next time around. Views are ok, not spectacular, since this isn’t wilderness and you can’t get that sense of isolation from the views. The waterfall is hyped, but still nice for what it is. Best part was a flat walk going south after the rock scramble, through a field of river reeds. Beautiful there.

Trail markers are difficult to follow, and got off the trail multiple times. This is the most challenging and technical hike I have done in NJ. If you are not fit this hike will destroy you. The hike is more like 11 plus miles than the 9.9 alltrails.com states. We hiked with inch or 2 of snow. Beautiful hike and you can see the nyc skyline from a certain angle from top where American Flag is. The hike is up and down the entire way. It took us about 7hrs with stops and getting lost.

hiking
28 days ago

The views here are unreal. It's a really great challenge. The trails are blazed most of the way. You climb pretty fast, too. You have to make your own decision at the top to hang a left at the giant rock pile to get to the summit with all of the views. Went with trail sneakers, would definitely recommend boots. The rocks get slippery when it gets a bit colder.

This is rough terrain, very hilly and rocky. It’s all uphill or down, with very few flat sections.

The surroundings are beautiful and you really a sense of being in the middle of a giant Forrest because the hills block views of anything man made for a good portion of it.

This late in the fall the leaves make staying on the trail tough, so keep an eye on the blazes to avoid missing turns.

Good spot nice varied views

Took my kids on this hike and they loved it. My daughter was so excited she went ahead and eventually out of range of our radios and lost cel service. Thankful for the Vernon PD who quickly found her, on the other side of the mountain. Never a dull moment.

Agree 100% with the reviewer below me. Awesome hike, but be careful after rain and do not bring your dog. My dog is like a mountain goat and we even had to sit down a few times to catch our breath and make a plan for our next step. Solid ground felt incredible after that hike!

CAUTION: There are confirmed rock avalanches after rain!

We started on the Long Path Trail and headed down to the rock scrambles that are over a mile long. You will climb, get on your hands and knees, sit on your behind and slide down boulders to get through. There's no question that this is appropriately marked as hard.

Please leave small children (under 12) and dogs at home. We saw plenty of both but we also saw plenty of dogs that were terrified to keep going forward and had to be carried making it dangerous for owners and their fur babies. We also saw fearless children enjoying the boulders but also some driven to tears by fear, too.

The climb back up is challenging since it is steep. We went peak fall so the leaves on the ground made everything slippery. Bring PLENTY of water and wear proper hiking shoes. Hubby went with sneakers and regretted not putting on hiking shoes.

Easy hike but verrrryyy muddy. Had to scoot across a fallen tree at one point to get across the water. Be prepared to have some wet feet if you don’t have waterproof boots. Enjoy lunch at the lake and be sure to look for the city skyline at various lookouts on the trail. We did see a small black snake right on the trail which was more scared us of but just something to be aware of.

Awesome hike and the description is absolutely true !!!

Great views on much of the blue and red trails between Otter's Hole and Oslo Rock. Some areas had standing water today to avoid, but nothing too hard to manage. For the area on the blue trail to choose easier vs rockier path-the rockier starts out just fine and gets to a pretty steep all rock area. Enjoyed it, but some may prefer the less steep option.

hiking
1 month ago

It was a lot of fun, but it can be a challenge if you’re not used to hiking uphill.

We went clockwise on the loop and enjoyed the first half of the loop. The return part of the trail was really wet making it difficult and not as much fun.

Would definitely do clockwise, great views from cliffs as you walk down . Those views won’t be there on hike up unless trees are bare . Hiking shoes a must for rock scramble. Definitely add the women’s federation monument. Great view and a cool little castle.

We took 2 and half hours. We could enjoy whole trail. Recommend to go in fall. trees are so beautiful :)

good hike. some rough spots, but overall very simple and peaceful

Was a great hike went yesterday with two friends and it was awesome -“the view”. Those boulders were tricky but if you’re up for a challenge and beautiful scenery do it.

So I started this trail as a first timer and failed to do the proper research. Went in search of a good trail run but got about half trail run half sideways rock scramble. Did have great views and did get a bit dangerous as the leaves had just fallen from the trees and it had rained the night before. Most certainly not a run unless your looking for a spartan like challenge

Beautiful trail! Well maintained and marked. Highly recommended!

11/3/18 - Red trail and Otter Hole are flooded.

Great hike. A little rocky. Nice views and close to NYC

Really enjoyed this hike.

A great trail, whether one does all or part of it. Very challenging, over 1000 feet elevation gain in the first two miles of the hike to awesome views of the surrounding areas. I'd suggest going counter clockwise. The end of the hike is rocky and you'll be challenged to complete. I would agree that this is one of the best hikes in New Jersey. Highly recommended.

Absolutely beautiful hike challenging yet very worth it once you get to the top we took the dog and she loved it definitely worth the trip don’t miss this one

Reasonably well maintained trails but poorly marked for sure. Keep a close eye on you map during this hike or you’ll end up off trail pretty easily. Trail offers some nice foliage and a couple of nice views at the end, but really mostly just forest the whole way.

Great short hike. Well-maintained trail. Nice views to the west and northwest. No bugs and lots of happy hiking dogs! We left before sunset, but it would have been an amazing place to watch the sun go down!

Very rocky and steep trail but worth the beautiful view you get at the top!!

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