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1 day ago

Great scenery, all around great hike.

be prepared for lots of rocks

The pyramid mountain trail system is really beautiful. The trails are well marked and neatly groomed, and there are varying levels of terrain for hikers of different ability. It's perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. That being said, please be aware that there are copperhead snakes present in the area. Obviously this is not the park's fault or responsibility, hikers are guests in the wildlife's home. We were so focused on keeping an eye out for foxes, bears, and deer that snakes didn't even come to mind and our puppy got bitten by one. We got him to the animal shelter for an anti-venom treatment ASAP, and he's going to be okay. I just wanted to make people aware of something I stupidly didn't think twice about.

Take the green trail top the top... see the cacti...

Fantastic trail!! Great workout headed up the red dot trail and incredible scenery toward the end of the blue dot on the way back. I was traveling through on a business trip and I am so glad that I took the time to do this hike! Good trail shoes are a must - it’s very rocky and slippery if wet.

This trail was absolutely gorgeous and exceeded my expectations. Sam’s Point was a nice but very crowded lookout point. Once you get to the top past Sam’s Point the landscape is really interesting with all the dwarf pitch pine and wild plants lining the paths. The ice caves were really awesome and that was a nice short trail, but again, it was really crowded. Once we got onto the footpath for the falls it wasn’t nearly as crowded. We did pass some hikers along the way but it was mostly private most of the way. And the scenery is gorgeous. There are also lots of delicious wild blueberries lining that open part of the trail. You’re on an open mountain side overlooking the mountains ahead for most of the trail leading to the falls and the views are amazing but you’ll be exposed to the sun so coverup and wear sunblock if it’s a sunny day. There’s a point where you go through a little faerie fern forest and I thought it was just magical. Afterwards you go through a patch of white birch and then the falls are spectacular. We didn’t do the entire loop. We just went to the falls and back the same way but I plan to go back and finish the loop. Overall I thought it was a beautiful trail with some interesting terrain changes which kept the trail exciting. And if you’re like me and are really into plants you’ll love checking out all the different plant life along the way.

Awesome views of Pennsylvania from the NJ side of the water gap. The trail can be rough in some places. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/mounttammany

It wasn’t to hard but it let me know that Mother Nature can do wonders. Loved it.

hiking
13 days ago

Fun trail, only couple of spots where you have to be careful, do some minor climbing which makes this qualify as hard. Otherwise some rocky terrain where you just have to watch your footing for some parts. Awesome views though make it worth it. Good hike for those who want a bit of a challenge in that aspect. Not challenging in the distance aspect or how long it is.

Nice hike. Not very steep but surely gets your heartrate up at times. Both Red dot and Blue dot are very well marked. The blue dot trail is gradual and longer but worth the effort while coming down with the jumpin pool and waterfall. Red dot trail means business right at the outset till the top. The views from the top are lovely with the Water gap below and Mount Minsy on the opposite side in PA. If lucky can spot some Bald eagles soaring above.

One of the toughest hikes I've done in NJ. I went counter clockwise and went at a fast pace and when I got to [a little more than] the halfway point (Stonetown road crossing at Monksviille) I was pretty spent and took the road back (3 miles). Great views during the first few miles and lots of steep, but short, up and down scrambling.

Unbelievable view from the top. A rocky terrain. The trailhead is behind the Natural swimming pool.

We went from the visitor center to ice caves on the white trails to the falls on the aqua trail and then the high point red trail. It had just stopped raining 30 min before. We clocked in 13 miles even with taking a wrong path that might of hows our time by 45 min.
The ice caves are amazing and cool but very slippery. It was really cool in some parts that I wished I can stay. There are places with motion sensor lights but by the time you get 1/2 down a dark path it would turn on. We looped on the white trail where there are some places you might have to go up a small ladder.

We then went on the Aqua trail towards the falls. There are also a-lot of huckleberry and blue berry bushes, but it was very open space so be prepared to get sun burn, cuz there is not much shade and it is a narrow and very wet and rocky path. Once you get to the stream area the lady we met was not kidding you might wanna take off your shoes it’s cold but it’s very refreshing. And gotten to the falls area. It’s is definitely a beautiful site how the mountains has been carved. After a short rest we continued on to aqua path towards high point.
>>>the trail from the falls the the high point red trail is a 90 degree climb<<< be prepared
When we finally gotten to the cross road of the red and aqua trail. The foot path said 2.5 miles on the red trail to the carriage road.

What they did not tell you able the high point trail. There is a lot of rock climbing and just when you think it’s the highest point there is another rock formation you need to climb. At some points it was more like common your kidding me. The high point is scenic and hard and not a lot of shade coverage. And the end of the high point there is a very steep incline to go down with a lot of loose rocks back on carriage road.
From the carriage road to the visitor center is another 2.8 miles there is not a lot of markers that would tell you how many miles is left. 1/2 of it is not shades the other 1/2 when you get close to the visitor center is shades.

I had about a little two liters of water each person. One thing to remember is that it’s NOT enough. We struggled at the end because we didn’t bring enough at all. We had 2 liters of ice water via hydration bladder. If I had to do it again I would of brought about 3-4 liters of water and a hat.

Very easy to get over heated on parts of the aqua trail and the high point trail especially now. Now that we got home I can honestly say I wished I taken some more photos it was truest beautiful and above the clouds.

Some of my favorite views in N.J.!

You can also combine it with the Cedar Swamp Trail (the blue blazes) for some more cool scenery.

I did it counter-clockwise, which I recommend as the West side is easier, with fewer steep descents. So coming home is not too exhausting. I did it in 4.5 hours, and didn’t bring enough water. It is hard, but a great workout. I don’t recommend this with a small dog. I tried it last weekend with my dog, who sat down on the trail, so we had to backtrack. It was wet, and I agree this isn’t a trail for wet conditions. The reservoir is gorgeous. I have ridden my bike for 20 years in this area, never knowing there was such a great trail.

Hikes the full loop - ice caves, to the falls, to high point. My Fitbit clocked 13 miles total.

It had stormed the night before so the trails were very very wet and muddy, as were the caves. The caves were incredible!

The hike out to the falls was very easily followed. A couple of water crossings near the falls, trekking poles would be very helpful! I took off my boots to barefoot it across the falls - very flat and not slippery. Absolutely gorgeous!

The hike from the falls to high point was long (and it rained!) but views for a good part of the way. There is a benchmark at the top. Views for miles!

A short but steep desent leads back to a carriage trail that goes on for 2.8 miles back to the parking lot. A long and boring trek, except the remains of old berry picker cabins, which were cool!

Great trail for a short but satisfying hike - fully alone with nature

Great great hike. We took the red dot trail there and back because I had my one year old on my back. The incline was really steep at some points but a really beautiful trail, very well marked. The views at the top make it so worth it. Absolutely breath taking.

Great hike. Red trail climb is a slog and challenging, especially on a hot 80 degree day. 2 gorgeous views of the surrounding Move Taina and rivers. Blue trail back down was gentle and easy. Near the exit is a small creek and swimming hole where we dove in along side 4 other families. Cool water was perfect after a long, sweaty climb.

hiking
21 days ago

Lightly trafficked easy/moderate trail. Good workout .

This hike is truly a workout! The hike consisted primarily of rocky terrain. To an inexperienced hiker, I would categorize this as a hard trail due to the steep inclines and roughness of the path. Trekking poles or a wooden staff is highly recommended when completing this hike. Despite the difficult climb, the summit was absolutely breathtaking. Instant tranquility resided over me once I reached the summit. It was such a peaceful and calm place to be. However, my favorite part of the hike was the waterfalls on the blue trail. It was a refreshing delight! Tip: Start with the red trail and end with the blue trail.

Parking lot was full after 10am. They have no second overflow lot and the rangers were sending everyone away. Thankfully, we found a nice lady who let us park in her lawn a 1.5 miles down from the trail head.

There was recently heavy rain, which made for some muddy trails but a glorious fast moving waterfall. If you do not do the full loop at least make it to the waterfall. It's truly stunning!

The caves are awesome as well but I think those would be especially beautiful in the winter.

Overall great hike!

Full Moon Hike with REI on the yellow/white/blue trail to Tripod Rock in downpour rain. As a beginner hiker there were moments of intensity but overall excellent terrain and vista. Would love to do it again if only to see the moon without an overcast sky and rain. :)

Loved the variety of terrain, a lake, castle ruins, views of Wanaque Reservoir and Appalachian foothills from high up near the water tower. This map will help you find your way: NYNJTC_NJParkMaps-RamapoMtn_2015-85x11.pdf

Went up the blue dot trail and came down the red dot trail. It was a very pleasant trail with many great scenic overlooks on the red dot trail and beautiful views on the blue dot trail by the creek. This was not a sunny day in July (7/25/2018). We had scattered showers now and then on the way up, but it was not a problem at all. We did stop under trees a few times when it rained hard, but with the yellow plastic bags covering heads and thick foliage above, we were pretty much dry, body and shoes. Rain also brought the benefits of the low traffic on this popular and usually crowded trail according to All Trails. The rocky path was well maintained and marked. Especially for the red dot path, it was precisely marked maybe due to the difficulties. We had a wonderful hike.

trail running
26 days ago

went to this place to trail run. the terrain is a bit tough for trail running, I couldn't get any momentum built up because of all the rocks, tree roots, and rock scrambling. definitely not for trail running if you want to run fast, but definitely a decent hike if you're in the area. wouldn't go out of my way for it though, the views are lame and there wasn't that much to see. the balancing rock was pretty cool to see

3 parking spots, but come early as this hike tends to get very busy. Crowded, especially at the summit, a lot of dogs. Views are amazing, well worth the trip. Not a long hike, start with the red dot part to get the ascend over with. Coming down might be challenging as well in a different way, I had to get a wooden stick to take some pressure of my knees. Nice river and a little bridge at the bottom of the mountain on the crossing with the green trail. There is a porta potty and a ranger with maps in one of the parking spots

Challenging and fun! I parked in the recreation center parking lot and found the trailhead down the road to the right a little ways (it’s on your left). Some steep scrambles up and down rocks. It would not have been fun if it was wet at all! I went counterclockwise- great viewpoints at the beginning of the hike. I think I’ll try clockwise next time. Beautiful scenery, saw some hawks and a lizard with a blue tail and some butterflies and lots of tiny frogs.

The trail is pretty well marked with white rectangles with a red triangle. There were also blue diamond markers part of the way but that trail branches off at some point. There were a few times when I got off the correct trail because I wasn’t paying attention and there was a much more prominent trail that crossed the correct one that I incorrectly assumed was the correct trail. But between the GPS map and following the markers it was ok. The markers are pretty frequent so if I walked any distance without seeing one I knew I was on the wrong path! Unfortunately in one case I had walked down a big hill and then had to climb back up it...

Took me about 7h in all, including some sitting around at the viewpoints and various backtracking due to getting off the correct trail.

Fun trail! Great views and has a little bit of everything. Make sure to pack lunch and water. The waterfall was beautiful too. Enjoy!!

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