Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake Loop Trail

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Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake Loop Trail is a 7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hewitt, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 7.0 miles Elevation Gain: 1,213 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

hiking
rocky
scramble
4 days ago

Tougher trail than I thought. Lots of rocks and up and downs. Well marked and incredible views of Greenwood Lake. Looked for the bear “the size of an SUV” but no bears in sight today.

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 days ago

9 days ago

Great hike. Clean. Beautiful views.

We saw a huge bear... the size of the bear at the Bronx zoo, my boyfriend was more concerned to take the picture while I only prayed for our lives.

Saw a huge bear at the end. Looked like the size of an suv

hiking
12 days ago

Wonderful hike with great views! Vert gain as 1600 feet by my friends GPS, more up and down than expected. Easy to social distance on most of the hike, harder around the lake, where people were taking the shorter trails up and sitting.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
14 days ago

fun hike - we just went to the lake and then turned around (white to yellow to orange). parking is up the street a ways, need to walk on a busy road for a brief stretch to reach the trail. had to cross a few streams and some mud but not too bad

hiking
rocky
scramble
16 days ago

Nice trail. I wish hikers wouldn’t leave trash behind. Masks are littering the trail.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

Clockwise is definitely the better way to go like others suggested the other half of the trail was muddy due to atv riders living their best life in secrecy lolol im not mad at it make sure you wear the right footwear overall nice trail

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
28 days ago

hiking
bugs
flooded
muddy
over grown
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This was a good hike. Lots of scrambles and inclines but the lake was beautiful, and you could see the Manhattan Skyline. Just wear waterproof shoes as it was very muddy and the trail was basically a river in some spots.

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