Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake Loop Trail

MODERATE 73 reviews

Bearfort Ridge: Surprise Lake Loop Trail is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hewitt, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1354 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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Quiet trail and good exercise for a half day hiking.
The view fir Greenwood lake is wonderful.
If you want to save time, start from Lakeside.

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3 months ago

Charming and a little bit challenging - be prepared and use NYNJ Trail Conference pdf map 116 for easiest navigation :)

3 months ago

Nice trail you need to pay attention so you catch all the turns but had a great time launch by the lake

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4 months ago

The rock looks like marble. Not many views, just a small lake. I don't quite like the long downhill, which hurts my feet, especially my toe so much that the hurts last more than 1 week....

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Great hike! Was quiet when I got there about 9 am on a Sunday morning. By about 12:30-1 pm as I was coming back down the trail started to get busy. Challenging but fun hike. Will be even more beautiful in the summer and fall when the leaves are on the trees. It's a bit soggy and slippery in place so wear good hiking shoes/boots.

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4 months ago

Great trails, with varied terrain. Rock scrambles, ridge lines, intersects the AT, great views of Greenwood lake, many streams to cross. About as good as it gets for a hike! Excited to do this again in the summer when everything is green. We parked at the coordinates provided by this All Trails map, and did Orange>Yellow Blue>White. Orange was pretty swamped in places after all the rain and melting snow, but still manageable. Boots recommended. Took about 4 hours, not rushing and stopping for lunch.

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4 months ago

Beautiful hike... there was flooding on the majority of the trails but were still passable. We started on the white trail, challenging but fun. Then the yellow to Surprise lake and the orang to the end . Most of the orange trail was flooded and there were areas where we have to take a detour but they were passable.