Carris Hill Loop

MODERATE 22 reviews
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Carris Hill Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ringwood, New Jersey that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1161 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

views

rocky

scramble

These trails are located in the Norvin Green State Forest in Northeast New Jersey. Park at the the New Weis Center on Snake Den Rd which is next to the park. You can take NJ's Skyline Drive to Rt 511 and West Brook Rd. Take time to visit the New Weis Center - a fantastic place with incredible outdoor educational programs!

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18 days ago

The trail markers were a bit confusing, which several other hikers we encountered mentioned as well. Overall though, it was a great hike. A variety of scenery, as well as scrambles, and some more challenging spots. Definitely make your way up to Hi Point. The views were amazing! I would definitely hike here again.

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4 months ago

Nice, short hike. Lots of canopy to avoid the sun. Nice views. Keep an eye out for small frogs and snakes in the yellow, white trail.

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7 months ago

Our gps tracked it as 4.2 miles, not 5.2. But a beautiful hike with lovely streams and cascades and plenty of gorgeous overlooks at the top! Took about 3.5 hours with plenty of stops to photograph all the nature.

7 months ago

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Monday, November 02, 2015

this is a great hike with abundant view points and visuals with some fun scrambles. we parked at Weis Eco centre and followed a green - yellow - white - yellow - blue - loop hitting Carris Hill Yoohoo Point and Wyanokie High Point. it was a really fun day!

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Was a good hike. Trials are marked clearly. Although they ran out of maps at the station so I took a pic of the map. It's a nice hike for Jersey but doesn't compare to other states like New Hampshire and Colorado.

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Saturday, March 30, 2013

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The map provided by the ecology center was helpful. The trails were well marked for the most part. Whoever marked blue was a little excited to use spray paint and whoever marked yellow thinks 15 degrees counts as a turn, but for the most part we never had trouble finding the next blaze. The trails were very clean, I only had to pick up three small pieces of trash. Some bouldering options, would consider revisiting with a crash pad. Some nice views, including NYC. Terrain changed frequently from rocky to soil to roots and back and forth. Not the most exciting hike, but certainly enjoyable.

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Friday, August 31, 2012

We parked and started near the Weis Ecology Center, but took a detour to go to Hi-Point. With the detour it made this hike a somewhat more challenging one. A great day!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

We started in Bloomindale, NJ at Wyanokie Crest TH (N 41.03782 W074.34543). Took Yellow to Blue, followed Blue to Blue/White junction, continued on Blue to Blue/Yellow junction, followed Yellow with beautiful views, on Yellow/White junction turned right on White to the Falls, then Blue and Yellow back to the parking. Nice hike (3 hours), not overly demanding with nice views.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Not sure how this trail is only rated moderate, it was pretty difficult. Even if you're in shape you're probably going to have to stop at least once on the way up. I will say that there are some excellent views at the top (I'll post pictures). We went early on a Friday afternoon (2:00 PM) so there were literally no other people there. The day was beautiful and we ate lunch up on a rocky ridge just off the trail overlooking the Wanaque reservoir. Highly recommended for the views but it's a tough climb for sure. Not as many scrambles as I would like, either.