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Sourland Mountain Ridge Loop with Roaring Brook Trail Extension

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Sourland Mountain Preserve

Sourland Mountain Ridge Loop with Roaring Brook Trail Extension is a 6.1 mile heavily 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.

Length 6.1 mi Elevation gain 610 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Rock climbing

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Off trail

Description
Waypoints (9)
Facilities

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

Gravel parking lot; port-a-pot; kiosk with flyers and trail maps.

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Reviews (660)
Photos (1022)
Recordings (572)
Completed (1012)
Shane Fitzgerald
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HikingGreat!

Great trail, however the markings are terrible and numerous times we found ourselves off path.

Pooja Patel
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HikingGreat!

Good hike, stopped half way for a break and snacks but very doable, there are different shortcuts along the way (for families with children that may get tired) cool boulders and boardwalks, no views other than these

Ganesh Hegde
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Hiking

This is a good trail. Crowded in the beginning of the trail, for about 1 mile. After that it is secluded. Trail is decently marked. However people have walked all around the area and gets confusing to choose the right path at times. Better carry a map

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Austin A Davies
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HikingMuddyRocky

Trail features a boulder field and is well shaded almost the entire hike. Was also very heavily trafficked. Best trail in the area.

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Surya Ramesh
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HikingBugsGreat!MuddyRocky

Adventurous trail- super uphill with many rocks. After a rainy day it can be muddy and slippery. Wear ur best hiking boots or shoes.

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Maggie Lancioni
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HikingGreat!

It was a great moderate hike! The rocks/boulders were an awesome place for photography and to sit for a snack!

Emily Keene
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Hiking

Great! Very nice.

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Brian Maher
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Hiking

The parking lot was ~75% full at 10:30 am on a Saturday and ~25% full at 2 pm. Consult a color-labelled tail map, as this trail is comprised of numerous different trails that intersect. Most hikers were moving clockwise so I recommend you do the same. It is very easy as far as moderate trails go. Pros: - Well-marked and well-maintained trails - Lots of parking - Interesting boulders and rocks - Nice forest scenery with wildflowers Cons: - To be frank, the trail is kind of boring, with no scenic overlooks or especially interesting views. - Very crowded on a Saturday with lots of families. - While the individual trails are well marked, it's hard to follow this particular loop. - The "roaring brook" is underwhelming. Overall, it was fine but left me unimpressed. There are much more interesting options out there for this distance/difficulty class, albeit they are mostly in North Jersey.

Sue Oldenburg
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Really enjoyed this walk. Arrived early and traveled counterclockwise. We hike in a leisurely fashion and it took about 3.5 hours with us taking pictures and spotting birds. Solid hiking shoes/boots make the trail easier on the feet.

Lauren Olivola
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HikingGreat!MuddyRocky

Great hike! You get the elevation part of the hike out of the way quickly and then it's quite nice. Many rocks and scenic surprises. The reviewers below mention the same thing I experienced with the trail, which is it is in the process of being re-marked so be careful of the markings.

David Cucchiara
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HikingRocky
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David Appelson
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Hiking

Awesome trail. I am a newbie and it was a grind no doubt. Although it was clearly marked and fairly easy to follow with the map on the phone. Bring extra water and shoes with good grip. :)

Carla Cedeno
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky

Really fun!! Took us about 3 hours to complete. Make sure to have your phone to look at the map as some of the trails overlap and the colors aren’t clear.

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Kevin Healy Jr.
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Von Bartz
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HikingFloodedGreat!MuddyRockyWashed out

I went the wrong way up the hill, but it turned out better. this trail / Park has alot of Rocks. but the biggest Problem too many people on the trail i noticed. going the reverse way . there was nobody till i got to the top of the Mountain. did not see one Mountain Bike. you can hear the streams and brooks it's really a nice woody feeling.

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Naresh Maganti
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HikingRocky

Great trail. Good for hiking and secluded. My family enjoyed today’s hike

Svetlana Abramsky
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HikingMuddyRocky
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