Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail is temporarily closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine. From the Ringwood Manor side it is approximately 1.5 miles in and 4 miles in from Long Pond Ironworks. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. For more information call the park office.

It was 5.8 miles starting on Morris Rd, not from Trail head. Nice easy hike with beautiful view of the Wanaque Reservoir. Clearly marked with yellow markers.

Beautiful fall foliage.

A crowded trail for sure. Came across a pack of about 20 hikers all going up to Mt Defiance. Not one of my favorites but ill return just for the summit.

4 months ago

Its an easy 2.3 mile loop from starting at Carletondale Rd. Stay on yellow and it easily loops with only one moderate climb.

Very nice. Botanical gardens are beautiful.

didn't go

7 months ago

Nice easy trail and well marked. A bit wet/muddy in spots but we had a lot of rain the previous day but wear good hiking boots to keep dry. I took two of my kids and they handled it fine. Also $5 to get in for NJ residents and $7 for out of state.

8 months ago

Very nice, and lightly challenging, hiking. Mostly good footing and nothing too steep. Beautiful surroundings. Lots more trails than what is shown. We changed trails to reduce the hike to 4.3 miles. There are signs everywhere stating that dogs are not allowed, but once you get to one of the trail head parking areas you can bring dogs. Dogs are not allowed in the other, more groomed areas. Also, during the warm seasons there is an entrance fee of $7 per car for non-NJ residents and $5 for residents. Well worth it. This is an excellent park for bikers as well.

NOTE: All Trails always comes out significantly shorter, if you track yourself, than my Garmin hiker's GPS. On this hike AT measured 3.8 mi, Garmin measured 4.3. I believe Garmin to be correct.

A fun easy hike, although did come across a mommy bear and two babies which was scary and a little while later another bear! Stay alert, especially this time of the year!

10 months ago


Monday, July 25, 2016

Fun hike, minus the gnats and skeeters! Met a bear in the blueberry bushes by Ilgenstein Rock. The trails are well marked and maintained.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We started out in Parking lot A at the Botanical Garden because there was only one lifeguard at Shepard's Lake and they had closed the parking lot. It was a little difficult to see where the trails started, but finally we found a white trail (crossover trail) which hooked into a red trail (Ringwood Ramapo trail) to an orange trail (shepard lake loop). Our goal was to get in a swim that day, so we hiked to the lake and back. Okay first off, insect repellent is a must. They were intense. Positives: The scenic overlooks were pretty. The trails (they're not paths, they're real trails) are well maintained, well-marked, good amount of elevation, fairly strenuous workout. The Negatives: Skeet shooting range! UGH. It was always in earshot and it really put a damper on the afternoon. We also couldn't figure out how to get down to swim in the lake (until after we'd already breaked for lunch and were on our way home). Such a bummer. The route back was via a mountain bike path off the lake to the road. We had a strenuous day and didn't feel like much of a hike back. There's also a funky man made beach on the lake. The property is a lovely botanical garden. If not for the skeet range, I would definitely do more hikes around here. Right on the NY/NJ border, just south of the more heavily trafficked Harriman.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The trails are nicely marked but this red infinity loop covers multiple trails - not many views and not too strenuous. You need a map or to use your phone but no maps at the trail head

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Nice place for a walk/hike except for the noise of the skeet shooting range on property:(

I walk here regularly and find all seasons to be enjoyable !

Awesome! My friends aren't avid outdoorsy people but we also didn't want a basic trail path either. We took the red dotted trail and it brought us up in to different elevations and a more scenic route that we thoroughly enjoyed.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

The trail head is a little difficult you find but once you're on it, it's yellow the whole time. It was clearly marked and the summit has a beautiful view of the Wanaque Reservoir. It was a little longer than listed also. My map my hike put it closer to 8 miles.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great woods. Very rocky trails, so wear appropriate shoes. Not too difficult although we didn't have any maps, none at the trail heads at all. You have to keep an eye out for the trail markers or you can get off the trail. We accidentally went off trail, but found our way back quickly. This time of year (late winter) the trees and brushes are obviously bare, no leaves, no greenery, so the trails are harder to determine because everything looks more open. Still very beautiful and nice workout. We ran into quite a few streams and a lake. We had two dogs with us and they had a blast.

Friday, December 11, 2015

We had a team of four much mature men, I was the youngest at 54 and the next in age was 74 to 83, wow, these guys can hike the packs off, we had a great time, the scenic view was majestic and the hike down this ridge was somewhat challenging.

Hard is definitely a relative term, when I'm used to hiking in NH. Park in the 2nd parking lot; the trail head is the one nearest to the road. The bridge at the beginning of the trail is closed, so be careful crossing the stream, as the bigger rocks are not as stable as you would expect. This is the order of the markers I followed: red&white, yellow, blue, blue/red&white, and finally red&white. If you're looking for a place to practice with packs before a longer/more intense hike, this would be a good spot. If you're looking for a challenging hike with rewarding views, look elsewhere.

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