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snow
3 days ago

I grew up in independence and finally took my family out to the ghost lake loop trail. Cold but enjoyable hike through the woods. My 5 year old loved the fairy cave.

Njhiking.com and AllTrails give the distance for this hike at 6.2, but it is actually a bit longer. Between 6.6 and 7.5 miles depending on if you do any little side trips to the ruins. That being said, it is quite beautiful, with some really cool stone ruins and varied terrain. Thankfully it was cold and the ground was frozen while we were there, as much of the trail seems like it would be quite muddy in warmer weather.

I love this trail. Great views. Some steep parts. Can get a little crowded on peak days. Highly recommend.

Would rate a 5 for the hike but many views were of a highway. Still really enjoyable hike and not crowded like I thought it might be for a Sunday during a holiday week.

Excellent trail. Well marked. Fairly rocky but no climbing. Strenuous but not too much. Beautiful forest setting. The pond was beautiful at the top. Can’t wait to come again and go around the pond and the creek route on the way down.

Been here several times and always want to mix it up. This time we did 6+ miles looping around and checking out new trails without climbing the Orange to Point Mountain. Still did over 1000 feet in elevation gain. Nice area to hike with lots of interconnecting trails

Love this hike!

hiked dunnfield creek trail to sunfish pond, then back via Appalachian trail. Dunnfield very scenic. There are several creek crossings, your feet will get wet. Nice hike, lots trees, rolling creeks. Got there early, quiet. App. Trail was easy coming back. Dog friendly if they like go in water.

Easy hike with good incline and a beautiful view. Small dog friendly

nice views , good incline. did counter clockwise ... I did both minsi and tammany back to back for " mind the gap"
.. pretty muddy/slushy

This trail was really well marked with a bunch of really beautiful views! Make sure to take the survey at the center to help them keep their funding. This is a great trail and I highly recommend!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a really enjoyable trail. You can certainly hear the road noise from the highway but I was able to tune that out. I would suggest going early (if you want to avoid people). On our way back down, the parking lot was very very full! We will be back!

My dog an I go here often. It’s really beautiful and it’s an easy walk.
Wear boots because it gets muddy!


There are a few forks on the blue trail
One goes to a dead end, a stream coming from underground. The other goes to an open field connecting the blue to I think the white trail.

parked on 191 and went south to Wolf Rocks bypass...took Blue Blazes 1mile back to AT and looped....pleasant trail! decent look out on the rocks...it was wet so I moved slowly on the ridge.

hiking
3 months ago

This was a fun trail to hike. However, if you’re looking for the fairy cave, it is not on this trail. Park in the lot to the right of the lake and follow the lake line to get to the cave. There isn’t really a trail for it.

Parking is easy. Went Dunnfield up, great streams, water falls and trail. Sunfish pond is a beautiful place. Stayed over at the Backpackers campground, about a quarter mile from pond. Great view, bear box, but no camp fires allowed which is kind of a bummer. Hiked back down Appalachian Trail next day, nice section but not much to see on way down. Overall it was a rewarding fun hike. Great weekend getaway!

Cloudy, foggy day so visibility / views were pretty limited so I can't really comment on that. The trail was well maintained and marked. I would rate this as moderate with one small section with a decent incline. We took the AT up and the fire road back down. Wasn't too busy but that was probably due to the slightly rainy weather. Not one of my top hikes but I'll come back and check it out when the weather is better.

hiking
3 months ago

Something for everyone. Will return soon. Great views

Great hike. Saw a bear!

Expected the trail to be a little easier, but the rocks were actually more challenging than I expected. Wife and I did it with the dogs, but had to take them off lead once we got to the rocks. I could not see how you could do those rocks with the dogs on their leads. Next will take our kids and let them try this trail, I think they will enjoy it.

You must be kidding me! We took the appalachian trail from the parking lot to sunfish pond, this is a tedious hike not for the faint of hart. Then we decided to take the green trail back what a nightmare! No where does it tell you this trail meanders to both sides of the river , no less with no bridges until your almost finished near the parking lot at end of the trail where it meets up with the appalachian. Bring the worst hiking shoes you own your going to get drenched. I can only imagine how many hikers take this trail and are totally baffled when they don't realize that the trail crosses water! Enter at your own risk this is a horrible unsafe trail.

Took the blue to red to blue loop. While not a lot of picturesque views along the way, the trail was well maintained and offered some nice foliage. The first couple of miles parallels the river, which is fast moving with some waterfalls and rapids. Great hike overall!

i went in from the other side near hope. the trails are hard to follow after you find them the map that you can get is confusing.

stopped in just to see a couple waterways ended up walking 3 miles. the scenery just didn't seem to stop.

hiking
4 months ago

There is a large parking lot at the trailhead but depending on the day this area can get very crowded. These lakes are popular for swimming and fishing.

The trails are well maintained and the loop as marked on the map is easy for just about any skill level. Very flat and used by vehicles.

Did this hike with 14, 12 & 11 yr old kids. We all enjoyed it. As other reviewers said, you definitely hear the noise of the cars from the highway on the way up. Kids loved the water crossing. Very rocky - glad we all had on our high hiking boots vs. trail running shoes. Wish there were more vistas to see.

skip the bypass. the view is on the AT.

I decided to do a trail run here but beginner me mostly walked up the white blazed rocky trail up which had nice views of the river, highway and Mount Tammany. I had an enjoyable run on the way down which isn’t well marked but goes to the parking lot. Took me an hour and a half with picture snapping happening. It alternates on the way up but there was only one spot I really climbed and rest were just rocky. Half of this is moderate and half not at all except for all the rocks. If I was going to run it again for just running, I would go straight up the easier trail (stay to right), and run back down.

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