Did this one again. its actually 2.6 miles nice views and id rate it as moderate.

4 months ago

Okay easy hike, well marked, and some pretty views of the lake.

5 months ago

Very serene and simple hike. Multiple lookouts and opportunities to soak in the reservoir.

Went kayaking soon after.

6 months ago

Nice easy trail and we'll marked

Once we found the trail markers it was a nice hike up hill, after rounding the lake it was a mellow trip back !!

We started at the other boat launch and headed up the trail/road then took the white/silver trail. A few steep parts but beautiful woods and we saw no one else on the trail this morning. Would def do it again.

Myself and the wife. Amazing view from the top !

Monday, February 20, 2017

When the trail first splits from the parking lot, if you have kids, go left and follow the trail around. It's easier. Great hike!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great easy hike, this time of year the leaves blanket the trails so the hardest part of the hike was judging your footing. Aside from that, the ground on inclines especially is very stable. Great quiet hike.

Saturday, July 09, 2016


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Been here many times already and its one of my favorite places for kayaking, Great scenery and the flooded forrest as I call it with its white dead trees gives you that creepy feeling and we've seen alot of wildlife, Im not to sure about the fishing, so far haven't caught anything larger than 6 inches or so, now lets not forget the people that come here are really nice and friendly.

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

Monksville Resovoir is an excellent place for Kayaking, took my family there and spent 5 hours enjoying this place.

Beautiful scenery, alot of wild life and one of my favorites it the is the flooded forest as I will call it with its many dead trees.

The people best of all are awesome!

Monday, October 28, 2013

we modified this hike to avoid walking the 1.2 miles on the road, so we parked on lake riconda drive and did the white to pick up red, adding just a bit.
but this hike was 11.1 miles according to my fit bit. not the 7 we figured (guide says 6.5).
we are avid, fit hikers and this terrain was tough, doing it in the fall with leave covering made it real taxing. difficult rocks, really put a physical strain on us. lastly the trails are not marked well so we strayed off a few times, even paying attention.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Great spot for kayaking and fishing, got to keep and eye for stomps near shore, may want to go really early in the morning at 6:00 am in summer time, overall a beautiful spot!!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Hint, you can drive in to the trailhead from West Milford end and road was repaired a bit. the trail shown is 3 trails; lake sonoma to overlook rock across part of hewitt butler trail and nack to overlook rock.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stumpy in spots, but a great paddle. Often referred to as skunksville by unlucky fishermen, the spot is known for its bass and muskies.

I did this hike on May, 18, 2012 and it had an unusual number on ticks. I stopped frequently to do tick checks.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

This was a really fun short hike. We only did the hike up to Overlook Rock as we were running out of daylight, but the trail itself was still about 4 miles round-trip without the loop at the back end. If you wanted a longer day you can extend the hike by taking the loop, which I'd estimate is another 5 miles or so. The trailhead is in a bit of a weird spot, but if you follow the marker from AllTrails you'll find the trailhead. The problem with the trailhead is that it's accessed from an unpaved road that you absolutely cannot drive on unless you have 4WD (and even with 4WD it would be challenging). But you can park right near a kind of a sketchy house and then hike about 1/3 of a mile along the 4WD road to the trailhead. Follow the orange blazes all the way to the top of Overlook where you'll get an amazing panoramic view of the surrounding forest, and if it's a warm day I'd highly recommend jumping in the lake on the way up or down. There's a variety of terrain on the way up as you pass through dense forests, over small streams and rivers, on top of clear peaks. AllTrails rated the vertical as around 1400 feet from trailhead to Overlook, but it didn't really seem like that much vertical. I'd estimate it as closer to 900 feet. Challenging but definitely doable and worth the effort

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Monday, March 07, 2011

This reservoir, close to our home, is one of my and my wife's favorite places to kayak. It is easy, even if you choose to kayak around the whole reservoir. The wind can make the chop challenging on rare occasions. You will see other kayakers, canoeists and fisherpeople - and even the odd racing scull - but the reservoir is big enough that you don't feel crowded. For an interesting trip when the water height allows, go from the kayak launch site, through the dead trees left from the reservoir's creation, and go a short way up the stream to visit the Longpond Ironworks. This, of course, requires a maneuverable craft, preferably under 10' long - not a seak kayak.

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