Parker Loop High Point Trail

MODERATE 2 reviews
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Parker Loop High Point Trail is a 11.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Montague, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
11.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1551 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

wild flowers

This loop takes you through some great forest of Hemlocks, Beach, Oak, Sugar, Red Maples, and Birch trees. Along the Howell, Cartwright, and Criss trails you go along many creeks. Like the Flatbrook, Criss, Forked and Parker Brooks, making for a very scenic hike, especially with the Foliage. You will also cross over a wild Trout Stream, the Parker Brook. Along the loop you come to one great viewpoint overlooking Stokes, High Point and the Poconos. Down in the Valleys you also come to old stone foundations from farms that once worked the land. There is a dried-up well along the Cartwright Trail and many springs along the Howell trail. Along the Flatbrook there is an old foundation from a Grist Mill.

hiking
23 days ago

Agree with Kshitish's comments. I got way way off trail a few times - the new 15 mile trail needs to be marked better. The first part of the trail I covered was beautiful, there was some evidence of bear activity however. But once that trail hit the road I completely lost track of where I was supposed to go. It also seems strange to me to choose to use blue dots while there is a blue dot Appalachian trail that connects to this. Don't follow my track!

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

This trail has no recent uploads here and the new blue trail is 15 miles long unlike the prior uploaded track.
We got off trail quite a bit and ended up on the Appalachian backbone trail. We ended up doing a in and out instead of a loop due to that and with significantly less miles, just under 13. The terrain is moderately rugged and while the elevation is not something most regular hikers will worry much about, the combination of miles, changes in elevation and the typical northeast rocky terrain under your feet will make you realize the full 15 miles of this beautiful trail. It can get very lonely as it does not appear to be a very popular trail.