Shepherd Pond Trail

MODERATE 15 reviews
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Shepherd Pond Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Ringwood, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
1.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
72 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

1 month ago

A crowded trail for sure. Came across a pack of about 20 hikers all going up to Mt Defiance. Not one of my favorites but ill return just for the summit.

hiking
5 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Thanks

mountain biking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We started out in Parking lot A at the Botanical Garden because there was only one lifeguard at Shepard's Lake and they had closed the parking lot. It was a little difficult to see where the trails started, but finally we found a white trail (crossover trail) which hooked into a red trail (Ringwood Ramapo trail) to an orange trail (shepard lake loop). Our goal was to get in a swim that day, so we hiked to the lake and back. Okay first off, insect repellent is a must. They were intense. Positives: The scenic overlooks were pretty. The trails (they're not paths, they're real trails) are well maintained, well-marked, good amount of elevation, fairly strenuous workout. The Negatives: Skeet shooting range! UGH. It was always in earshot and it really put a damper on the afternoon. We also couldn't figure out how to get down to swim in the lake (until after we'd already breaked for lunch and were on our way home). Such a bummer. The route back was via a mountain bike path off the lake to the road. We had a strenuous day and didn't feel like much of a hike back. There's also a funky man made beach on the lake. The property is a lovely botanical garden. If not for the skeet range, I would definitely do more hikes around here. Right on the NY/NJ border, just south of the more heavily trafficked Harriman.

walking
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Nice place for a walk/hike except for the noise of the skeet shooting range on property:(

mountain biking
Saturday, February 20, 2016

hiking
Monday, January 11, 2016

hiking
Sunday, September 06, 2015

mountain biking
Saturday, August 23, 2014

hiking
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Remember bug spray!

hiking
Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday, August 25, 2012

hiking
Tuesday, January 10, 2012