Sunset, Rahway, River, Balls Bluff and Lenape Loop

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Sunset, Rahway, River, Balls Bluff and Lenape Loop is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Millburn, New Jersey that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
682 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

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Park at the Locust Grove lot (near Millburn Library). From there, take the Sunset trail (for 0.6 miles), then join the white blazed Rahway trail (for 0.2 miles), then join the River trail (for 1.3 miles). At that point, your way will curve east to south east on the Balls Bluff trail (for 0.3 of a mile). At just over the half way mark, join the yellow blazed Lenape trail and continue on for another 1.9 miles until you reach Sunset again. Take a right, then a quick left, and you'll be back to the lot.

11 days ago

Do not attempt without considerable effort. The trail marked on the map does not entirely match reality at one point.

hiking
1 month ago

1.13.19. This is a really great hike, tracking the Rahway River for the first part and then looping back via the fabulous Lenape trail (yellow blazes). This part of the Lenape gets you to what seems like the top of the ridge and the walking here is wonderful — some ruins, racing brooks and a more open feel. There is no major effort required to walk this, but when it's over, you'll have travelled a fair distance and climbed a decent amount. Of the 5 trails you'll be on, River and Lenape are the longest (and prettiest). My stats (per All Trails app) as a guide:

Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: 666 feet
Moving time: 1:50:47.