Stokes State Forest - Fire Tower Loop

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Stokes State Forest - Fire Tower Loop is a 9.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Sandyston, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
9.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1305 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

blowdown

muddy

rocky

scramble

historic site

Last day of April, and it was 37 and snowing. This is a moderate hike that hits different parts of Stokes - the ridge, valley, and streams. Expect it would be real nice with better weather. Parked at Kittle Field and took the Brown Stony Brook trail up stream to Stony Brook day use area where we picked up the Green Tower trail. The Tower trail headed towards the ridge after leaving the Brown. Not to bad until after you cross Sunrise Mtn Rd, then it heads steeply uphill with some use of hands. At the top it ended at the AT, which we followed a short distance south to the Fire Tower and the view. Turn back and take the AT north past the Brown Stony Brook trail to the Yellow TInsley trail. The Yellow heads down hill gradually passing the geologic trail after crossing Sunrise Mtn Rd. Continue on the Yellow past the Red/Blue trails to the road at Lake Ocquitunk. Either take the rd to the left or continue a short distance down hill to the blue Blue Mtn loop trail which you will take to the left. If on the road pick up the Blue trail before the bridges and head to the left through a swampy area. Follow the Blue to the Orange Silver Mine trail. (Optionally continue on Blue to the Brown). Take the Orange uphill. At the top you will see the dam for the dry lake, and the trail starts to follow an old road. Eventually you will see a sign for a short trail to the left and downhill to the Silver mine next to a small creek. Go back to the main trail and follow it to the Brown Stony Brook trail. Go up stream (to the left) after viewing the falls, and back to the start.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice hike that hits different sections of Stokes state forest. Starts and ends along Stony Brook with its waterfalls. In the middle it climbs the ridge to the AT and views, and stays on the ridge for a good while before heading down into the valley with its different and large trees. Before it ends it hits the historic site of a silver mine and an old dam (marked as 'dry lake' on the map). Only difficult part is the last section of the Tower trail just before the top were hands are needed to get up the large rocks. Though some sections are rocky or muddy trails, a large part is on old woods roads.