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    Lindsay Bosslett reviewed Buck Mountain Trail

    8 months ago

    Be sure you have the correct trail map for this park! It should show a large loop featuring Green—>Blue/Teal—>Blue (a long Yellow and Red/White trail should be on the map, too). There is another map showing as “current” online and it does not have the correct markings.

    Anyhoo, I did that Green/Teal/Blue loop mentioned above along with a quick diversion down the White Trail to see the waterfall. Came in a little over 6 miles (I parked at the Weis Center, so some of that was also the walk to the car).

    I’d consider this trail fairly untrafficked—I usually only pass one or two people at the most, but I’ve also never gone on weekends.

    Doing the loop as I do, starting at the Weis Center and going down the green path first, you come to a steep, pretty killer incline about halfway through. There are also a few spots with some scrambling required over rocks—I even had to lift my dog up one part! Otherwise I’d more list this trail as moderate rather than difficult.

    Lindsay Bosslett completed Buck Mountain Trail

    8 months ago

    Lindsay Bosslett reviewed The Tourne via Red and Yellow Trail Loop

    8 months ago

    One of my favorite trails in North Jersey. The Red Trail is actually a 3.6-mile (give or take) loop if you do the entire loop. The Yellow Trail is its own 1.3-mile loop, and you get to it via the Red Trail. The Yellow Trail aka “Top of the Tourne” is the park’s main vista and features views of the NYC skyline (there is also a small makeshift 9/11 memorial there). The climb is moderate but very doable (I’ve seen parents walking toddlers up it!)

    The rest of the Red Trail is very easy with few inclines. To do the entire loop you need to travel down the road that cuts through the park for a short distance, but there’s very little traffic and plenty of room to walk along the side.

    There is also a section of the Red Trail that is gated to protect wildflowers—hikers with dogs can’t enter here, but it just means you have a slightly longer walk along the road.

    The Red Trail leads to Birchwood Lake—I highly recommend doing the loop around it for some nice lake views.

    I’d consider this trail fairly highly trafficked. Be on alert if you have a reactive dog that a lot of people let their dogs off-leash here and can’t always guarantee their dogs have a good recall.

    All trails, even the lesser traveled ones, are well-marked. I’ve never gotten lost here.