Ramapo Park Lake Loop

MODERATE 70 reviews

Ramapo Park Lake Loop is a 6.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, 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.

DISTANCE
6.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
859 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Moderate hike to lake. Scenic views of water and surrounding area. Take the Blue to the lake and then follow lake all the way around.

hiking
3 days ago

Hiked here around 9a on Sunday Father’s day and medium sized lot almost filled to capacity. Took the Oakland exit off Route 287 north and entrance was on left about 1/2 mile after exiting.

Hike is primarily under shade of the woods and sometimes buggy. We did the blue trail to white with Van Slyke castle as our goal. True as others stated beginning of hike immediately takes you upwards and some scrambling and bouldering involved but moderate hike for most part. We took the labs and they were fine on leash.

Castle ruins were so neat to discover and the views towards NYC was breath taking. Ruins were approx 1.75 miles from lot so easily done. We packed lunch and ate when we reached the water tower that was another 1/4 mile beyond castle.

Def recommend. What a little gem.

Caution: poison ivy strewn around ruins.

1 month ago

Lovely walk for all ages. Easy trails and pretty water. Wear bug spray and remember there are no bathrooms anywhere!

hiking
1 month ago

A nice hike around the lake.

hiking
3 months ago

I did a 7-mile loop which included the Lookout Trail and a portion of Cannonball Run in a good amount of snow. The trails are well-marked and there were a lot of great views along Lookout.

hiking
7 months ago

Pretty nice trail, especially during the foliage season. Some of the blue markers are a little rundown so be careful and pay attention. The blue trail does get a little steep in areas so when there are leaves make sure they are dry! The park is usually crowded near the bodies of water but as soon as you get further into a true trail hike you find your alone time for sure! I must of only run into two people on blue during a beautiful crowded Saturday morning.

hiking
8 months ago

From lower parking lot we took the blue trail past the lake to white. The beginning of castle hill trail climbs steeply but is easily done past Van Slyke Castle and its stone water tower. Continued on white where it terminates and picked up red circle trail or Cannonball trail. Follow carefully as it twists and winds and some blazes are missing and/or in poor shape. Completed the loop and returned back on blue to parking lot.

11 months ago

i've hiked this many times and brought my dog a few times. i've also biked down the hill from Skyline Dr and biked around the lake. both are awesome. the trail has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. get there early to fully enjoy.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

fun

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Beautiful hike with gorgeous views of the lake. The terrain was pretty easy around the lake with more challenging paths if desired.

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

nice hike, good views of the lake

hiking
Monday, July 11, 2016

First time there and the views are amazing ... Will go back

Saturday, December 05, 2015

This is a gray trail I do with my kids most weekends. Great for families and there are lots of dogs as well. Highly recommended.

cross country skiing
Monday, May 25, 2015

From the parking lot off skyline drive until you get to the lake was rocky. Path around the lake was easy to follow and lots of great spots to just sit by the lake and relax. Did see a snake on the trail but other then that it was a easy hike.

hiking
Sunday, October 12, 2014

moderate hike on mostly paved trail, good for almost all year round hike/walk, with very easy access from Skyline Drive

hiking
Sunday, April 13, 2014

Well marked (blue and yellow) trails.
Loop around lake easy (for beginners).

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