Highlands Trail Loop Trail

MODERATE 31 reviews

Highlands Trail Loop Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
725 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

Glacial Erratics, Northern Bog, Limited views, climb Highest point in park. Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is the largest county park in Morris county. Most of the hike takes you onto the Highlands trail which is part of a long distance trail that when complete will stretch from the Delaware River to the Hudson River and traverse the NY/NJ Highlands region. The trail goes through some nice cool valleys lined with Beech trees and the Headley overlook were you get views of the Weldon Brook wildlife Management area and Lake Hopatcong. After you leave the Highlands trail you get onto to the Boulder trail were you can observe Glacial Erratics. After going through the boulders you get onto the Pine Swamp Trail. This trail takes you to the Highest point in Morris County and along a Northern Bog, lined with hemlock, Rhododendron and Spruce trees. After going along the bog you come to the old Ogden Mine rail bed. This will take you back to the Parking.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

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I went on the 6.8 loop on a mountain bike. It starts out nice and manicures, easy. Soon enough it changes to very technical, rocky trails. I found myself pushing my bike up quite a bit though I was there to exercise I was hoping for more rhythm and cadence. There was no scenic overlook but I found it tiring but if you can handle the technical stuff and are in good shape you might want to try this loop. Bring a patch kit or extra tube. Go early or expect lots o flies.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

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Sunday, June 19, 2016