Grand Loop is a 7.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Morristown, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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

dogs on leash

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

muddy

historic site

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1 month ago

Nice well marked trail with enough elevation to keep it challenging. Parts can be muddy but it was cool enough that the ground stayed frozen in those sections. Good Sunday morning hike.

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2 months ago

1.4.19. Really splendid hike for a winter’s day as the lack of foliage opens up the views and one does generally feel away from it all in the Morristown National Historical Park. I went counter-clockwise, starting where Grand Loop trail (white blazes) crosses Jockey Hollow Road and did a variant on this hike by adding in the Mt Kemble trail (blue blazes) towards the end. Grand Loop is appropriately designated as moderate as the climbs are spread out over a decent distance. I gained 922 ft over 6.7 miles so it felt distinctly comfortable. The section of Grand Loop between the two crossings of Tempe Wick Road was quite muddy. Take care crossing that road as cars barrel along at quite a speed. Great views from the top of Mount Kemble looking east. Took about two and a quarter hours in total.

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2 months ago

Good trail. Came after some rain from the day before, so it can get pretty muddy at parts. Trails were marked properly and only had to check maps during forks. Some good scenery all around and nice increase in elevation depending on which route around you took.

2 months ago

Good views on a clear sunny winter day. Trail is well marked. Can be v muddy after a rain

5 months ago

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6 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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6 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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8 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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10 months ago

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