Explore the most popular trails in Mahlon Dickerson Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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5 days ago

I actually start this hike from Saffin Rock. Doesn't matter just a preference. It's a great hike that both my dog and myself enjoy. It takes you out of Mahlon Dickerson. I've had someone meet me down at the end, on Berkshire Valley Rd and made it a nice one way hike from the Picnic area.

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16 days ago

well groomed trails and extremely clean! I only saw one other person on this 7 mile loop during the one time I hiked it.

If you start by going on the teal trail it will be a bit rocky/ narrow halfway around the lake to the bridge. Teal opens up after you go over the bridge and then goes between narrow and overgrown once you cross Weldon Rd. There are a few bridges being built to get over the muddy areas across Weldon.

Very large parking area and portable toilet at the trailhead. Well maintained and very little trash. The trail as mapped here follows the edge of the pond then crosses Weldon Rd. This is very near houses, is close to heavily trafficked and noisy roads, and has lots of activity and visitors, dogs and bicyclists. Swimming is available at the pond. Most of the trail is blazed teal but there are many intersecting trails and unmarked paths. Narrow, rocky, and wet in some spots but overall the trail is wide and flat. Should be ok for most skill levels.

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

good riding but some trees were down had to climb over them .

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bugs
1 month ago

This is a 7 mile trail. Enjoyed the hike

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1 month ago

Long trail than mentioned. Good walk. Nice path.

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over grown
2 months ago

This is not a simple walk. This route follows the yellow trail then switches to the teal trail midway through before returning back to the yellow trail. The teal trail is not maintained and is completely overgrown for the stretch we followed for this route. Also, there is some light rock scramble and several creeks which must be crossed without a bridge. Plenty of ticks and poison ivy.

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over grown
2 months ago

A lot of ticks in the long grass after you have crossed the road. I lost count of how many I pulled off of my pup. The trail had several areas that the streams have taken over, but nothing to dramatic.

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muddy
4 months ago

great trail for trail running! today it rained a good amount so trail was super muddy. loved jt! a few sceneries:)

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5 months ago

This route takes you on the Yellow trail down past Saffin Rill and then up and out of Mahlon Dickerson into the Rockaway River WMA to Lost Lake and back.

It was beautiful with snow on the ground and the sun shining above. We did the white trail, kind of strenuous at points getting through the crusty snow, but a good 4 mile hike. It’s great that there’s a bench to rest on at the sign marking the highest point in Morris County. Also met one of the rangers on the hike and he was super friendly and helpful.

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7 months ago

White trail

We had a great hike! I recommend finding another trail soon after it’s been raining. There were parts we had to go around because huge puddles and a couple stream crossing were difficult.

Saturday, August 25, 2018

Starts and ends on easy terrain with a somewhat challenging middle section. No spectacular views but a fun hike

Thursday, February 22, 2018

was a good hike. took a lil longer than I thought.

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Thursday, December 07, 2017

beautiful section of pine trees, mountain Laurel and rhod. gps work great. did whole trail and there lots of cross trails. no mountain views. realative flat trail.

Saturday, February 04, 2017

great overlooks!

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Monday, July 18, 2016

First I believe that this trail is longer than is written here, probably just above 5 miles. You start out around a the lake. I would NOT call this easy at all. Possibly Moderate to Difficult. I question the tag as "kid friendly". If you've got a great young hiker then yes. Otherwise NO! Most of the trail is well groomed. You start out on yellow, go on to Teal (Highlands Trail) and back on to yellow. The yellow is very well groomed. The Highlands Trail has places in the middle that are someone overgrown and beware there are spots ridden with poison ivy. I like the Highlands Trail part. It's challenging, some nice hills and ridges as well as babbling brooks. I did not use hiking poles but will bring one if I do this again because as you're traversing over rocks to climb across those babbling brooks you will appreciate that one hiking pole so you won't accidentally grab on to a tree that has a poison ivy vine running up it. (Good idea to have those Technu packs around)

Thursday, January 02, 2014

One of my favorite hikes! Exceptionally we'll marked trails. I did this walk alone with my dog the first time and am always a little worried about getting lost, but it would have been difficult with the trails being so clear. I took some fantastic photos as was there on the height of the Fall. I returned a few weeks later with my Hiking Group and they loved it too!

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

One of my favorite local trails. It is very close to my house and offers a variety of environments, though there are no vistas since you are usually surrounded by trees. It is actually 4.0 miles if you include the walk from/to your car, and it includes the highest point in the county. This makes it good for measured training hikes with some nice ups and downs. Three to four laps, three times a week was a major part of my preparation for a successful rim-to-rim hike of the Grand Canyon. The dogs love this trail. Black bear sightings are infrequent and I've never had a problem with them.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

A nice change-of-pace hike near the house. The dogs like it at least as much as I do.

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