Mixed Color Wheel Trail is a 3.9 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 best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 433 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

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Note: Users have reported that a section of this loop along the Highlands Trail (Teal) is not maintained and is overgrown.

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2 months ago

This trail isn’t a loop like the map outline. The Highland Trail (teal) has been rerouted. A handwritten signs along the trail say as much. Nonetheless, I enjoyed it and it’s pretty well marked.

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4 months ago

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7 months ago

**The Highlands (teal) trail section of this route is closed: the blazes are painted over/scratched off many trees, the trail is overgrown, and where you would turn off the Highlands (teal) trail and bare left (mile point 2.4), there is a pile of downed wood purposely blocking the trail start.** From mile mark 0.6-2.4, the trail is closed. If you're hiking the Highlands trail, you would take the teal/Highlands trail from the parking lot walking around the eastern portion of Saffin Pond and then continue left onto teal trail at southern portion of the pond. At mile mark 0.6, you will turn left to continue on the rerouted Highland trail; if you turn right, like it shows in this route, you will be hiking on the closed portion of the trail. The Highlands Trail website (TheHighlandsTrail.org) has a map of the reroute and more information under the section HT NJ 2: Route 23 To Route 181. I really enjoyed this hike otherwise. I didn't realize the trail was closed until after I completed it and went home and did some research (I had my suspicions, but there wan't a lot of information posted, just some vague signs saying portions of the trail had been rerouted - but they didn't show a map so it was unclear what section they were talking about. You also have to dig a little for an updated map as AllTrails, the map posted in the parking lot, Morris County Parks Comission, and the Highlands Trail website all show an un-updated map.); I actually thought the most fun portion of the hike was the closed section as it had lots of rock scrambles, stream crossings, and beautiful forest sceneries. The trail is pretty overgrown in some sections, but the blazes are still present for most of the trail (blazes have been painted over/scratched off the beginning portions of the trail).

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muddy
over grown
10 months ago

This is not a simple walk. This route follows the yellow trail then switches to the teal trail midway through before returning back to the yellow trail. The teal trail is not maintained and is completely overgrown for the stretch we followed for this route. Also, there is some light rock scramble and several creeks which must be crossed without a bridge. Plenty of ticks and poison ivy.

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muddy
Mon May 20 2019

great trail for trail running! today it rained a good amount so trail was super muddy. loved jt! a few sceneries:)

Mon Jan 07 2019

We had a great hike! I recommend finding another trail soon after it’s been raining. There were parts we had to go around because huge puddles and a couple stream crossing were difficult.

Sat Aug 25 2018

Starts and ends on easy terrain with a somewhat challenging middle section. No spectacular views but a fun hike

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Mon Jul 18 2016

First I believe that this trail is longer than is written here, probably just above 5 miles. You start out around a the lake. I would NOT call this easy at all. Possibly Moderate to Difficult. I question the tag as "kid friendly". If you've got a great young hiker then yes. Otherwise NO! Most of the trail is well groomed. You start out on yellow, go on to Teal (Highlands Trail) and back on to yellow. The yellow is very well groomed. The Highlands Trail has places in the middle that are someone overgrown and beware there are spots ridden with poison ivy. I like the Highlands Trail part. It's challenging, some nice hills and ridges as well as babbling brooks. I did not use hiking poles but will bring one if I do this again because as you're traversing over rocks to climb across those babbling brooks you will appreciate that one hiking pole so you won't accidentally grab on to a tree that has a poison ivy vine running up it. (Good idea to have those Technu packs around)

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