Ramapo Mountain Yellow and Cannonball Trail

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Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Ramapo Mountain Yellow and Cannonball Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.5 miElevation gain741 ftRoute typeLoop
dog friendlyKid friendlyHikingNature tripsrunningForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeBugsRocky
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Take the blue blazed McEvoy Trail from parking lot. The trail climbs to Ramapo Lake where it joins a paved park road as it skirts the lake then turns north. The trail leaves the road at a sharp bend. Stay on road for about 50 yards and take the white blazed Castle Point Trail and begin a short, steep climb. At the top are some interesting ruins and outstanding views. Continue on the trail along ridge. The trail then descends, crosses a stream and turns uphill where it joins another park road and ends at Skyline Drive. Cross Skyline and take red blazed Cannonball Trl. Then a quick right onto the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trail. Follow trail until it reaches Skyline Dr again and catch the white blazed Todd Trail by the Camp Tamarack sign. The Todd turns west into the woods and eventually joins a gravel camp road for a short distance, then turns south and reaches another outstanding overlook. Continue on Todd, across Skyline again and back to McEvoy. Left on MacEvoy to car.

NJ Division of Parks and Forestry 973-962-2242

Route 287 to Skyline Drive exit. North onto Skyline Drive and parking is on left about 1/4 mile from 287.

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Cass Lowry
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mostly easy hike, with a few steep sections and one rock scramble

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Keith Chamberlin
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Joung Lee
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Christian Amaro
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very good hike

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Ramona Rudeau
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Great hike! Very muddy- we actually went counterclockwise on the trail by mistake and completely missed the castle ruins. Would go again. Got pretty busy around 10am on our way back to the parking lot.

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Steve Paik
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Ben Solwitz
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Christine Christine Brunner
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Rebecca H
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Muddy and icy

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Sean & Vivian Robertson
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Robert Edwards
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Mikki Friedman
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mallary saltzman
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Great just crowded coz a weekend

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Thomas Sevey
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perfect

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Timothy Newell
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david scott
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nice trail.

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phogi phogi
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Rich Rockwell
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Castle ruins are awesome

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Robert Edwards
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Ananta Timalsina
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Robert Edwards
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Latia Fryar
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Dany S
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Great trail! Will come back! Busy in the first mile or 2 only. But get the color map otherwise you will go on the wrong trail multiple times. Full loop takes around 3.5h without kids.

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Sean & Vivian Robertson
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Nazly Santamaria
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Fatima DaCosta Kohler
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Fun hike, great views by the castle. Download the map, some of the trail is not well marked

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Alex Rosenwald
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Nice trail with a good mix of easy trail walking and uphill hiking. Beautiful view of NY skyline in the distance. A bit of mud. Worth the drive and time spent in the woods.

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