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Ramapo Schuber and Ridge Loop Trail

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Ramapo Valley County Reservation

Ramapo Schuber and Ridge Loop Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ramsey, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,125 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Begin at the main entrance and take the Halifax Trail around Scarlet Oak Pond. Here the park has an urban feel, paved roads and many dog walkers & joggers. The trail enters the woods, becomes more rugged & begins to climb towards Hawk Rock. Here you can clearly see all the way to NYC. The Halifax Trail leads down to Havemeyer Rd, and old mine rd, and meets a pipe line road. Follow this up over Drag Hill to the Cannonball Trail. This area became park property in the 70's & many houses & foundations can be found intact around Bear Swamp Lake. The Cannonball Trail leads you through the BSA's Camp Yaw Paw and to the Yellow trail. Climb and cross the pipeline road again to wonderful views of the Ramapo Valley below. Descend to meet the Bear Swamp Creek.

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bugs
6 days ago

the marked route does not follow the trail religiously. Need minor adjustments. We had to start heading down bc it started raining. There are ups and downs, not really technical but challenging for sure. Will try again next time!

It was hard

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bugs
off trail
over grown
20 days ago

The trail was extremely overgrown and I got lost several times. The trail markers were incredibly hard to find and there were TONS of bugs. I do NOT suggest coming here, especially not by yourself.

Ended up being 11.1 miles!!!

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

This trail would be great if it didn’t take you directly into the middle of the woods. It goes completely off the trail at one point. Trails were not marked well and some parts were overgrown. My friend and I got lost a few times. Also wear bug spray :) Some areas where the trail took us was labeled as private property too so just a heads up

hiking
1 month ago

We got lost on this trail several times. A lot of the paths are overgrown or unmarked. This turned into a much longer route. Overall it was a good workout, but make sure you leave this for a full day adventure.

Very easy to get lost, so go in with a plan. Bugs were aggressive. Great views of the NYC skyline from the ridge.

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bugs
3 months ago

hiking
off trail
8 months ago

Rocky

Didn’t take the planned route, but the blazes were clear all the way through. First part of the hike was pretty noisy from the highway, but in the middle I only saw one other person. Will come back and try and hit the part that I missed. Hike is strenuous in points, but not technically difficult. Had my 20 lbs dog with me. No scrambling required.

hiking
10 months ago

Hawks Rock is the best view in this trail. Steep at the beginning, followed yellow to silver to green to purple to White to White/people to blue to yellow. Moderate difficulty.

hiking
10 months ago

The difficulty mostly came from unclear trail marks. We lost track of the trail and had to backtrack for a couple of times even with the help of the App. Bug was not much of a problem (end of August). But it had some unpleasant smell in several spots along the trail. The kids camp was empty and from the app we noticed that the pond in the camp was heart-shaped, which was kinda romantic. Probably won’t be coming again.

hiking
10 months ago

THIS IS A 11 MILE TRAIL. Good for work out and practice. No breathtaking views and natural beauty.

hiking
bugs
over grown
11 months ago

This was a great hike. Climbing Drag hill was brutal. We ended up with a little less than 11 miles. My phone went dead by the 9th mile though. Some parts of the yellow trail were not marked and we had to wait and look around to find the markers but on the whole a great one. Just be prepared for the billions of bugs that will serenade you the whole way.

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bugs
11 months ago

Beautiful spots but nowhere to just enjoy nature. Screaming babies, barking dogs, and teenagers blasting music by the lakes where there is no bugs, swarms of bugs in the woods and bug spray keeps them about 2 inches away from the skin. GPS point keeps jumping around making navigation with all the adjacent trails tricky. What a nightmare. Never again.

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bugs
off trail
11 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

went counterclockwise on the loop

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bugs
off trail
over grown
11 months ago

Overall it took me 9.3 miles. There were a lot of mini trails; it’s easy to create your own route. Lots of bugs flying rampant and buzzing in your ear. Poison ivy is everywhere! Wear long sleeves and long pants. I will do this trail again. Lots of nice views ponds, lakes and a water fall or two. Huge crowd over the July 4 weekend.

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rocky
Sun Jun 30 2019

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scramble
Sun Jun 23 2019

Relatively tough hike. I found the yellow trail to be a little troubling when it came to the directions. It seems like a perfect hike for Ido, Elliott, josh, and Evan though. I would recommend.

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