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Manaticut Point and Overlook Rock Trail is a 7.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Milford, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.4 mi Elevation gain 1,092 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

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Short, steep hike to an outstanding overlook. Stream crossing. This is a short, but steep hike up a little used and under appreciated trail to a nice overlook. Because it isn't popular, it can be overgrown at times and poorly blazed (re-blazing is being planned). Catch the blue blazed Hewitt-Butler trail at the end of the metal guardrail. It descends to West Brook, where crossing can be difficult when the water is high. After crossing the brook it begins a gentle climb to a woods road. The trail turns onto the woods road which soon peters out and the trail turns north and begins to climb the hill. First gently, then quite steeply. You'll start to see views through the trees to your right. The trail flattens out for a few minutes, then begins the final ascent to Tip Top Point, which involves some rock scrambles that shouldn't too difficult but may require all fours. Reaching the top there is an excellent view to the east marred somewhat by the scar of a quarry. Return the way you came, or continue on the HB trail for a longer hike.

Ringwood SP: 973-962-7031

Route 287 to Wanaque exit. Take Wanaque Ave north, make left on WestBrook Rd. Continue on Westbrook Rd to Bloomingdale/West Milford border. There is parking for 3-4 cars on shoulder next to driveway for 711 Westbrook. Trailhead is accross the street at the end of the guardrail

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Tim Papa
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu May 14 2020
Hiking

Went last Monday (5/4). Entered as marked on map here - it’s the backside of a residential neighborhood, street parking and no houses on that immediate part of the street. Went counter-clockwise and it was great. 3 hours total and I saw 0 humans. This is likely due to the main Monanicut pt parking/entrance being currently closed to the public (COVID). The variety of scenery and terrain was excellent. Woodys - lakeside - through the meadow under the power lines. There are multiple trails crossing at various points, but it’s pretty easy to keep your bearing, especially using the map on here. I wouldn’t call this a ‘hard’ hike. Fairly straightforward, steady inclines. I guess the distance at just over 8 miles puts it in that category. (Note: You can cut through the middle to make the hike about 4 miles as well) Saw lots of tracks due to recent rain (muddy) & lack of humans to erase them- Including a very clear black bear paw. Pretty cool. Wasn’t buggy up there yet at all. Sweet hike, I’d recommend to all.

Domo Cam
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat May 02 2020
Hiking

Went counterclockwise, yellow to white, to blue/white to blue/yellow then back to yellow. Started early and saw very few people. Varied scenery, several lookouts, some ponds, some rocky sections and stream crossings, but nothing difficult - this is a moderate trail. Saw small snake. Took 3.5 hours.

Cecilia de Oliveira
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Mar 14 2020
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Joseph Nielsen
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Mar 07 2020

got lost a couple of times on first side, went counter clockwise. ended up on the ridge at sunset. used trail markers and flashlight to make it back safe. in March, heard a fox. no other scavengers or predators.

Robert Gaydos
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Nov 23 2019
Hiking

Well marked trail. With a couple great views.

Nicholas G
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HikingScramble

This was a rough time of year to do this trail (mid October). The trails are marked OK but I kept getting off course from the leaves covering the trail. Also, I’m not a huge fan of the power lines part (that can’t be good for you). I did what you should never do and cut back across the mountain, off the trail, to see the lake. Somehow I made a wrong turn, but I swear I was following the marker. Idk, it was an adventure. But probably won’t try it again.

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Lukas Yelle
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Aug 31 2019
HikingBugsOver grownRocky

Decent trail, great elevation changes, good views throughout. Not super rocky, although there are some parts that are. This is not a trail that sees too much traffic, I didn’t run into a single person on my hike even though there were several cars parked at the head when I got there and when I finished. The worst part about this trail was a probably due to it seeing so few hikers — the spider webs were crazy. I would highly recommend the procurement of a spider stick very early on in the hike as I had to have taken at least 30 webs directly to my face. It is also fairly buggy, which contributes to the spiders for sure. There are some spots that are very well blazed, you couldn’t get lost in those spots if you were blind. With that said, there are several times I did get lost, due to the blazers in a couple areas being quite lackluster. Overall not a bad hike, and I may do it again, but not without a stick to combat those webs.

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ernest phillips
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Aug 10 2019
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Melissa Mackenzie
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat Jun 08 2019
HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Sarah Lee
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon May 27 2019
RunningBugsOver grownRocky
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Karla Kretschmannova
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarMon May 27 2019
Hiking

Very lightly used trail. Some nice views. Not that difficult. Description talks about scrambles - there are hardly any.

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Mike Finnegan
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarSat May 11 2019
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Charles Behnken
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarThu Mar 28 2019
Hiking

Nice hike with several nice vlewpoints and lots of steep ups and downs. 1. Proceed into the woods on Yellow Black (Yellow Blaze with Black center) trail to the intersection with the Yellow trail. 2. Take the right fork of the Yellow trail. Cross the Orange/Orange Yellow trail and continue northwest to Lake Sonoma. 3. Continue past Lake Sonoma on Yellow trail, which will eventually meet the White. 4. Take the Yellow/White to the left to Overlook Rock. Good spot for an early lunch. 5. After lunch, take the Yellow/White back to intersection and take the White to the left. 6. Follow the White downhill through a wet area before heading back uphill. 7. At the top of the hill, you will come to a large powerline cut and the intersection with the Blue blazed Hewitt Butler trail. Continue on the White. 8. Carefully follow the White and Blue trails through the power cut. There are many trails here and it can be confusing. At points, the trail goes in the woods before returning to the cut and reentering the woods on the other side. If you can wait, there is a nice overlook to the west that would make a good lunch spot. 9. Continue on the White and Blue trails as it goes up and down, with some nice climbs along the way. 10. Eventually you will meet the Yellow/White trail. Continue what is now the Blue/Yellow trail. 11. You will pass a small lake on private property. Continue on Blue/Yellow to Manaticut Point. 12. Head downhill. The Blue and Yellow will split. Continue on the Yellow. 13. Take the Yellow back to the Yellow Black trail, and back to the car.

Dan Chiriff
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Mar 02 2019
HikingSnow

My Apple Watch actually puts the trail at 8.5 miles, I thought that might be of use to those who think they will actually only be hiking 7.4 miles. Nothing super difficult on the trail, but the snow and ice did add some random challenges along the way.

Joe Proscia
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarThu Feb 01 2018
Hiking

Great trail - peaceful, excellent overlooks, and enough scrambles and climbs to get a good workout. This trail unexpectedly turned out to be one of my favorites.

Cindy Bernal
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarSat Jul 15 2017
Hiking

It actually wasn't as rough as I thought it would be but it's really hidden which I liked. It wasn't packed with a ton of people.

Stan Mykhaylichenko
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Simple

Cheryl User
Yellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarGray StarTue Jul 17 2012
Hiking

Has anyone hiked this with a dog? ...recommend? I have a large 75 lb. She's done many with me - steep and also bouldering. Just looking for feedback before I attempt. Thanks!

Nicholas Abate
Yellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray StarSat Feb 25 2012
Hiking

Short but nice hike. Some scrambling. Tough footing. Nice views. Can be slippery.

Haley Myers
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John Nolan
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