Grand Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Harding, New Jersey that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
7.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,030 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

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3 months ago

Started from the Visitor Center, where we bought a map of the park's trails ($1), got some vague directions to the trail from the Ranger and set out. There are some decent inclines and declines -- none steep but most are lengthy.

Due to the recent rain, the trail gets very muddy in some areas, particularly near a small pond. and some sections are almost overgrown. It is very well marked and the map is useful. Crossing Tempe Wick Road (twice) is not fun but not all that hard.

Overall, a pretty, pleasant walk through old growth woods, dotted by occasional historic markers. The Wick Farm, near the trail, is worth visiting.

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3 months ago

Mostly level, but there is a little bit of up and down on the northern part of the trail. The trail signs in the parking lots are not very helpful, but the signs on the Grand Loop trail itself are nice with little maps and "You are here" arrows.

Trail is wide and maintained for the most part. There are a few narrower spots where you will brush up against vegetation, so you need to check yourself for ticks.

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4 months ago

I hiked the entirety of the Grand Loop (White) starting at the New York Brigade parking area. The map says 6.5 miles for the whole loop plus .3 miles each way to/from the parking area. So should've been 7.1 miles. My phone only registered 6.2 miles, and it took me just barely under 2 hours to complete so I tend to think my phone was more accurate.

I did it clockwise. Not much to see here. Some water early on was nice. Parts had some decent inclines/declines, but the time it took me should tell you how difficult it was. Trails were well traveled and very easy to navigate. At the bottom of the loop you cross over a 2 lane 40 mph road twice. One crossing was almost blind because of curves in the road. Not ideal.

Don't know if I'd really rate it as Moderate. But I suppose it wasn't quite Easy either. Probably somewhere in between.

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