Sourland Mountain Ridge Loop with Roaring Brook Trail Extension

MODERATE 145 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.

6.7 miles
698 feet

dogs on leash


mountain biking

rock climbing

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers



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:

3 months ago

Did a five mile loop. Was good hike, unfortunately it rained a few days before so was a little muddy but it’s all good.

3 months ago

Did a three mile clockwise loop up the pipeline then back around to the right picking up the white triangle and square routes. Lots of fallen leaves so if you're not careful, or observant, you can get off trail easily. Use the app. Some sloppy areas but nothing too messy. All in all, a great hike!

5 months ago

It's a really beautiful trail. Plenty of parking. There was a bear sign but I didn't see any. Lots of pretty birds. I spotted some deer. Trails are marked properly. Def look at the map on the notice board before you go so you know which trail you're following. It said on average it takes 35 minutes to do 1 mile. I was able to complete the whole 6.7 miles in an hour. No, I wasn't running but it wasn't difficult. The first 15 minutes, you feel it. definitely needed water. after that it was pretty easy, specially towards the end when you're going downhill. can't wait to go back when the trees change colors.

5 months ago

Logged 5.21 miles on this trail—lots of greenery, big rocks, and very well marked. Our dog loved it!

5 months ago

Pretty trail, saw lots of wild life (deer, rat snake, frogs, toads). Wasn’t over populated which was nice. Easy enough for dogs and children. Wouldn’t rate it as moderate for the experienced hiker. Did the longer outside loop, well worth it.

5 months ago

I really enjoyed this hike. I loved being fully immersed by nature. I saw lots of birds, squirrels, and a small deer. It was quite steep in some areas, and very rocky. The trails got pretty confusing at some points, but that just added to the adventure. I was able to use this app to help me out when I was stuck. My phone recorded closer to 6 miles, not 6.7. Overall, it was a lovely afternoon.

8 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.

9 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.

10 months ago

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

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Nice well marked trails- closer to easy than moderate

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Saturday, September 02, 2017

One of the best local trails in the area.

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

Saturday, December 24, 2016

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

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

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.

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.

Monday, September 01, 2014

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

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.

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