Sourland Mountain Ridge Loop with Roaring Brook Trail Extension

MODERATE 142 reviews

Sourland Mountain Ridge Loop with Roaring Brook Trail Extension is a 6.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hillsborough, New Jersey that features a river 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
698 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running

walking

forest

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Gentle climb to top of Sourland Mountain. Beautiful views of woodlands and two large boulder fields. Follow white square blazes until you reach Roaring Brook Trail (red circle blazes). Roaring Brook Trail is 2.1 miles before it rejoins the Ridge Trail and returns to the trailhead at the parking lot. The Sourland Mountain Preserve is extremely rich in natural resources, and an area that boasts a variety of stream corridors, geologic outcrops, and an ecological preserve that provides a core habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species. The Sourlands is especially known for its nesting birds on the edges of their breeding areas. For more information visit: http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksfacilities/sourland/sourlandmtpreserve.html

hiking
2 months ago

Heavily wooded moderate trail, one of the better ones in central jersey. Definitely a little rocky but the inclines aren’t anything difficult. Extremely muddy when wet but consists of about 5% wooden walkways, mostly over the muddiest portions.

Took the square trail to the red and back to the square with no connectors. Always a great afternoon hike — takes a little under 3 hours for the entire loop if you don’t stop often. Trails are well maintained but can get a little sloppy when wet.

3 months ago

Beautiful trails with diverse terrain. Moderate hiking with some steep inclines and declines but adds to the challenge. Few good places to stop and rest and have some snacks. Muddy and rocky in a few areas but nothing too messy as long as you miss the muddy season. Overall a lot of fun and good exercise.

4 months ago

Wet, but the rocks add to the strategy. Beautiful creek, and well marked

hiking
6 months ago

Nice well marked trails- closer to easy than moderate

hiking
9 months ago

11 months ago

One of the best local trails in the area.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Well marked route but the trail intersections were confusing, had to stop and help a few people along the way, and I got turned around twice myself (trail post 5 is an example). I hiked this wearing my 19mo old in a hiking carrier and found this trail challenging, but doable. Very Rocky and a lot of uphill with no "ahh" moment, but it's quiet and serene.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Nice hike, did the entire trail and the best part is climbing over to the quarry after the big rocks

Monday, April 24, 2017

great hike!!!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

A nice hike, was sometimes very steep and rocky but that made it fun and interesting. Hiked for about 2 and a half hours.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Great trail lots of boulders to climb about a mile of the trail is very muddy recommend dry weather to hike overall good hike

hiking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Lovely winter trail. Well marked, nicely graded and maintained. Love the various paths. Am looking forward to a return visit!

hiking
Sunday, November 20, 2016

Nice well Marked trails steep uphill gets your heart pumping. Lots of rocks in the path one must keep their eye on. Was there on a Saturday good weather the parking lot was so full people were parked on the grass lots of people and pets

hiking
Friday, November 11, 2016

Trailhead parking fills up quickly on the weekends. PortaJohn at start of trail. Trails are very rocky and this inflamed my plantar fasciitis. Lots of people on the trail. Many different options/trails to choose from.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Several trail options make this area interesting and versatile.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

I loved it because it felt like a challenge with the rocks and small crevices.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Afternoon Saturday hike in August. Thank goodness for shade. Did part of Ridge Trail and took connecting trail at location #4 back to trail head. Mostly rocky and uphill first half. Some bouldering And scrambling. Nice hike and will return for full 5 mile hike. Hike was mostly covered on this trail.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

great easy climb.. marked well enough even for a novice.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Nice trail! Just make sure you put valuables in your trunk before parking. There's been a few car break-ins. Luckily I have dark tints.

Friday, April 15, 2016

almost died.......

trail running
Thursday, September 25, 2014

Good trail. Xtremly rocky with some decent incline. Very well marked. Note that the directions try to get you to park before you reach the actual park.

hiking
Monday, September 01, 2014

First trail. Did the 5 mile loop. No complaints.

hiking
Friday, September 20, 2013

Great trail! Very well marked, Rocky at point but very scenic. The open fields you walk through at times are amazing. Took a friend for his first hike ever to sourland and he is hooked. No wildlife, some cool boardwalks some of the biggest boulders I have ever seen. Would suggest this trial to anyone.

mountain biking
Thursday, July 11, 2013

Very nice trail. Not so rocky and they've done a great job at throwing little obstacles in the way. Going from deep woods to open fields was cool. Clear passages to see others heading your way and not cause an accident

hiking
Monday, October 22, 2012

Over all nice trail, enjoy the hike with my dog. I wanted to do the longer loop but started of late, but was able to get some hike in on this beautiful day. So if you are looking for a long or short hike there a many options here. There where a numerous loops so keep your eyes out for the markers and for the bikers. I only encounter one biker & I didn't see him coming around the bend.

hiking
Sunday, September 23, 2012

Great hike. Easy three hour walk and fun to climb on the boulders. Beautiful woods and on a Friday we barely saw any people even though the parking lot was pretty full. Sometimes blazes are hard to find or missing but we never lost the trail. Overall a great experience.

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