Monument Trail Loop

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Monument Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wantage, 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
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
515 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

hiking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

Monument Trail Loop is a 3.5 mile loop trail located in Sussex, New Jersey. The trail is rated as moderate with some uphill hiking. Well marked the Read/Green trail, takes between 2-3 hours.

5 days ago

It’s a great mid-distance loop. A nice mixture of climbs and flat terrain. You’ll pass hardwood trees, a flowing creek, a small lake, and some nice overlooks. It’s a great way for new high pointers to check a state high point off the list. If you are a high pointer, I recommend going clockwise on the trail so you climb into the high point near the end of your hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Good hike not very challenging in terrain but good elevation. There’s a couple of scenic out cropping . Trail is well marked . Upset that the state line isn’t marked . I know silly . Just has posted trespassing signs

Conditions as of 3-31-18
Snow is sporadic and deep in spots . mostly dry overall .

Cool spot being the highest point of NJ .

hiking
4 months ago

Nice little hike around the top of the mountain. All the really good views can be seen from the monument which is awesome

hiking
5 months ago

It was a really well marked trail! A bit confusing once you hit the monument though. I would definitely recommend.

hiking
7 months ago

I thought the trail was great but being an out of stater, I had to pay $20. That leaves a bad taste in my mouth so I'm only giving this place 3 stars.

hiking
7 months ago

Great trail! Hiked the trail so that we would come to the monument towards the end of the hike. We had the trail completely to ourselves. Didn't see anyone until we came to the parking lot by the monument, and there were only about 10 other people there. Once we were back on the trail it was empty. Great views throughout the hike. Well marked trail. There are restrooms when you get to the monument parking lot. Planning on doing this one again in the fall when the leaves are changing.

8 months ago

Quick hike for you soul

hiking
9 months ago

Fun but moderately trafficked trail that leads to the monument. Some parts of trail are rocky and steep, but take your time and it's a breeze.

hiking
9 months ago

Gets a little rocking so make sure you wear good hiking books

hiking
11 months ago

Did this trail in the tail end of a snowstorm that dumped 6-8 inches, made it challenging. There were high winds at the monument, great views all around when the snow finally stopped, and not a soul in sight. March 2017, park roads weren't cleared at 10 a.m. because it was still snowing, so I couldn't drive any further than Lake Marcia and hiked up from there. Great little hike with some stairs-like sections.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Good start from the back end no at mount it's better l think have a great hike

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Visited this area in August. Found nice views from Monument and very vivid nature around it.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fun hike with a group of Boy Scouts. Parking is close to the monument. Can be steep in spots but fairly easy overall.

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

I had a good hike. It was a bit challenging but it was a fun trail. I did monument trail but there are many more trails to explore.

Friday, October 21, 2016

It was great. Definitely need a hiking shoe on to do it. The jagged rocks were killing my feet thru my sneakers & the leaves covering the rocks this time of year left me unable to tell what i was stepping down on. Great weather and a great trail w/ beautiful views.

hiking
Monday, September 12, 2016

nice hike with plenty of trees and some views

Monday, September 05, 2016

Hiked with the kids! Climbed to the top of the monument - great workout wonderful views

Friday, August 12, 2016

Very good!

hiking
Saturday, June 18, 2016

Easy not very exciting hike but great views from the monument!

hiking
Sunday, June 05, 2016

hiking
Sunday, March 27, 2016

It was a great way to discover nature, trees, rocks and more and more, definitely do some rock balancing!

hiking
Saturday, January 09, 2016

Great trail, last 1/4 mile is all up hill but do able. Took my wife and 9 year old. It was their first hike and they both enjoyed it.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Great beginner trail, stairs at the end if the loop are a beast but manageable.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Relaxing loop with plenty of opportunity to side step the trail for mountainous overlooks. Dirt trails were well maintained and clearly marked. The occasional slope of rocks and roots made for a nice step workout.

hiking
Sunday, August 09, 2015

A little confusing as to where to start out. We wound up following the blue trail makers which then turn into the red/green & blue. Great view points. A bit of a rocky path but manageable.

hiking
Tuesday, July 07, 2015

We hiked from Mountain Road along the Appalachian Trail to the monument and back. It was only 5 miles round trip, but there were some steeps that made us breathe. Funny thing, while climbing the stairs of the monument, my GPS app went crazy. It reported that we hiked 39 miles in one hour.

walking
Friday, May 22, 2015

Fine but the tower was very dusty and moldy and no windows on the top to see anything

hiking
Sunday, February 01, 2015

Did the Appalachian trail to the monument loop. Great views all throughout. Lost our way a bit on the way back. Trail markings can be a little hard to figure out at times. Still loved it.

trail running
Friday, October 03, 2014

I like to trail run here because it's a very intense mountain work out. I run the monument trail from the southern parking lot. I avoid weekends as it can get packed but during the week you'll pretty much have the place to yourself. Some nice views and the monument is nice to climb up if you've never been. A great place to come in the summer too as they have a beach at the lake and some nice facilities.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Easy trail, OK views. Good for families. Paying $20 for entry to park is a ripoff.

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