Roomy Mine via Highlands, Roomy Mine, and Wyanokie Trails Loop

MODERATE 58 reviews
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Roomy Mine via Highlands, Roomy Mine, and Wyanokie Trails Loop is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Wanaque, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

views

wildlife

muddy

From parking, follow Highlands trail (blue diamond blazes) across the field. Take left on Townsend Rd and in a few hundred feet turn right into woods, still following blue blazes. Continue uphill to ridgeline where there are several nice viewpoints along the way. Highlands trail then descends to Blue Mine (flooded). From here turn right using the red dot on white blazed trail (do not cross bridge). Follow to junction with the Mine Trail (orange blazes) turn right. Pass Roomy Mine on left. Entry is forbidden Sept 1 - Apr. 30th due to hibernating bats, but otherwise an interesting side exploration (bring flashlight). Mine Trail soon meets a yellow and white blazed trail and they climb together to another nice viewpoint. Stay on orange trail, back to the Highlands Trail. Turn left on Highlands Trail and return to the parking area.

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18 days ago

Great trail for a short but satisfying hike - fully alone with nature

hiking
2 months ago

good hike overall, trail colors change so keep an eye out if not you'll end up away from the loop
if you see the cave you're either going back from where you came from or taking a detour from the straight path, either way its a nice sight
no vantage points, peaks covered by high trees

2 months ago

I’ve done this hike twice now, and you definitely need to come prepared with a map. To complete the loop you have to turn at a number of different forks, and we were on the blue, yellow, and orange trails at various points. There are no maps at the trail head, which is hardly marked at all.

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4 months ago

The parking area/trailhead as listed on W. Brook Rd looked closed with a fence and construction. I parked on Townsend Rd instead. Somewhat well maintained trails, blazing is good but lots of trees down and trash everywhere.

Good hike for most skill levels but not all. There were some difficult steep climbs, rocky areas, mud, and a few spots require crossing a stream.

"Caves" were not very interesting although I dont know much about their history. Mediocre views.

I'm still learning the area and will continue exploring. I'm sure there are as good or better trails nearby.

7 months ago

Great fun in the snowy trail. Some uphill terrain that would make it difficult for beginners. Many animal tracks in the snow making it interesting. a rocky trail that will be fun in warmer months.

8 months ago

I wouldn't call this an easy hike, definitely more towards moderate. Trail is well marked. We parked on Townshead Rd.

hiking
8 months ago

This trail is very close to my house and it is absolutely beautiful. Short hike, challenging enough at a fast pace to get a great workout. I rarely see anyone on the trail. The terrain is beautiful and there is a decent view at the top. Great for kids too.

hiking
Saturday, August 12, 2017

Trail head on Townshead Rd. Roomy mine easy to find take blue blaze trail to orange then orange to orange/yellow dot and youll walk right over it. Nice view pont along the way. Trail rated as easy but its more moderate IMO.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Trail had some great looking woods! If you're trying to get to the cave, it's really simple. When the trail splits, go to the left down the Orange Dot trail. Shortly down the orange trail it'll turn to Orange with Yellow Dot. Follow Orange with Yellow Dot Trail. You'll come to a smooth rock opening with a view. Very shortly up on the right you'll see a small thin trail in between two tree. Go down that trail, but be careful! Going down this trail can be sketchy if you're not good with hills or stable on your feet. Check out all the openings going down that trail. Get to bottom and enjoy. There's also a good size opening at the bottom of the cave but I didn't venture in due to no flashlight or head lamp. Enjoy!

hiking
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Nice hike and sweet views, only we couldn't find the mine/cave that you can walk in. The only "cave" was seemingly flooded so we couldn't go in. Wish the mines were better marked, as they were the only reason we really went.

hiking
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Awesome! My son and I really liked it! 酪

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Great short hike for families

hiking
Thursday, October 13, 2016

It's confusing for sure but easy to figure out. Just look for the markers, I had never hiked this trail before and wound up doing one of the more difficult blue trail which they should post what markers mean what and their difficulties in their lots. Either way it was a nice workout hike up the mountain with a nice view.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

good hike well marked half the loop is blue the return on the loop as shown on map is orange yellow.

hiking
Monday, July 04, 2016

Need more convenience options in this trail like restrooms, guide center with maps etc. we followed the trail signs and got lost. Google maps didn't help much. But the woods are thick for summer and avoided the sun directly hitting us. We enjoyed the effort we put in and the calories we lost :)

hiking
Monday, February 08, 2016

This hike was a bit over rated by the star system. Beautiful woods and fun trail to follow. Certainly not hard for an average or beginner hiker. The mine was unaccessible due to water overflow. Overall it was a fun hike however if you are looking for something hard to push your limits this is not the one.

hiking
Tuesday, June 09, 2015

One of my favorite hikes due to the nice mine exploration break.

hiking
Saturday, May 09, 2015

Started the day out with this hike. Then moved on to another nearby.

hiking
Saturday, May 03, 2014

One of my favorite places to hike. So beautiful and great exercise. Lots of wildlife during the spring and summer.

hiking
Monday, October 21, 2013

Just plain awesome. Lots to see on this hike!

hiking
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FYI this trail is no longer there i wasted an hour driving here to find out the town bought the property so they can build a library. Found out they couldn't build on it. So its a empty lot leading into woods with no trails.

hiking
Friday, February 24, 2012

Nice hike with a few flooded out mines. Rocky with some nice vistas. Nice outcrops. Worth the trip.

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