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The best time to get outside in New Jersey is arguably the fall, when the air is crisp and the leaves are changing! https://njspots.com/2020/09/11/9-best-fall-foliage-hikes-in-new-jersey/

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Challenging little hike in the winter, but in a good way! Lots of great views from the cliffs and a waterfall to ogle at the shoreline. Tons of wildlife activity as well if you're into that! The conditions were quite icy when I went and would've been much more difficult without microspikes so if you expect those conditions make sure you have some kind of traction system.

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HikingGreat!IcyMuddyRockyScrambleSnow

It was a great hike. The trail was snowy, muddy and icy in spots so that made it a little more difficult. The view from the top looking down into the DWG is amazing.

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Excellent hike despite the wet weather.

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Fun little loop. There’s a tree down on giant steps which makes it hard to keep track of the trail for about 100ft. Would recommend some traction device for the flat trails, which are still icy (tho quickly melting out). Rocks are mostly bare, tho some are wet. Overall nice local hike!

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Shari Carty reviewed Batsto Lake Trail
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great hike through the pine barrons.

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HikingScramble

Went in May 2020. Well marked trail with great elevation gain. The kids loved it and constantly ask to do it again. Ages at time 16, 10, 6, & 4 yrs old.

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great

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John Wisniewski reviewed Cheesequake Green Trail
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Jennifer Sardo reviewed Cheesequake Green Trail
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HikingIcySnow

Arrived at the parking lot at 9:00am and the large parking lot was almost halfway full. Lots of people were around the Scarlet Oak Pond. I only ran into 3 other people on the rest of the loop trail. Tons of packed snow on the ground. I used microspikes on my shoes which helped a ton. Trails were very well marked and easy to follow especially following the packed snow from people walking. Some paths are very narrow, another was a paved road, and another looked as though a large vehicle drove through which helped when walking through snow. I went counter-clockwise so I could see the Hawk Rock overlook first and it was a great view of the surrounding township and mountains. Also when going this way the hardest elevation gains are done first. Most of the trails were woods with lots of boulders. There were about 3 stream crossings which weren't too tricky. I tried doing the full loop but towards Bear Swamp Lake the trails were not walked on at all. Looked like I was the first person at the start of the green trail so there was lots of deep, loose snow. I got up to the lake but the snow was way past my ankles and started getting my feet wet so I decided to turn back around and took the trail along Drag Hill which was paved road for most of the way. Since I missed out on the trails near Bear Swamp Lake I wanted to extend my loop and took some outer trails on the way back. There's a waterfall towards the parking lot which is beautiful but it was soooo crowded and the paths getting there were so narrow which kinda stinks with barely anyone wearing masks. When I got near the parking lot the area was completely packed full of people and tons of dogs off leashes. The loop was definitely a workout while walking in the snow with modest elevation gains here and there.

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Great views and good trail condition. Unfortunate that highly trafficked highway is very noisy at bottom of valley. Easy climb

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Fairly well packed down, still wore my snowshoes. There was some fresh snow. Great hike, beautiful day.

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Beautiful, well-marked trail.

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Lynn Rossi reviewed Hacklebarney Loop Trail
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Beautiful hike through the woods and along the river. Saw a couple of people wearing normal sneakers turn around. With current trail conditions I would definitely recommend at least a good hiking snow boot, microspikes would also help. Would be a nice place to snowshoe right now too. Winter wonderland.

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J P reviewed Vista Loop Trail
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A nice little hike. We are new to hiking in the winter and it’s becoming one of our favorite times to hike. The beginning of the trail were crowded and there were a lot of families with children and their dogs. We didn’t see a lot of people as we were going up. I think it would have been doable without microspikes but it sure helps with walking in some of the icy spots. It took us about 2 hours to do the loop.

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Evan Krick reviewed Vista Loop Trail
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We went in the middle of February and it was a great time. When you first get there the parking lot and main walk-in is pretty crowded but once you make it to the trail we didn’t run into a lot of people (probably 5-10 groups total). There are a couple areas that are pretty steep and challenging in the snow but doable. We started the loop by going to the left instead of the right and we thought we made a good choice. Our dog had no problem maneuvering the trail but children might struggle in the winter. It took us about 2 hours but we stopped at one of the views for about 10 minutes. Overall a fantastic hike and we would go again.

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mary hall reviewed Vista Loop Trail
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Daniel Wisniewski reviewed Batsto Lake Trail
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HikingGreat!Snow

Hiked on Saturday, February 13, 2021, with snow on the ground. Gorgeous! A literal winter wonderland. Obviously very flat. Lovely views of Batsto Lake that surely aren't there in summer. Highly recommend.

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