Surprise Lake Loop

MODERATE 40 reviews

Surprise Lake Loop is a 3.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near West Milford, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
898 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

views

Great hike with some scrabble and rocky areas and awesome views of Greenwood Lake

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1 month ago

Great hike - did the 4.1 loop. Not nearly as hard as breakneck but still has it's tough spots. Views are incredible and love the lake as well. Definitely dog friendly.

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NOT for beginners. It took about 5 hrs, and using a hiker's GPS, the actual distance is 5.1 miles. It is quite hilly, rocky, and there are 3 walls to traverse. You will be on all 4's, your butt, and possibly on your belly at times. Bring hiking poles, although many people do not. It is a really nice, but challenging hike, and the view of Greenwood Lake is quite beautiful. Worth it. Some people don't do the whole loop, and just go left from the blue to the yellow trail, see the Greenwood Lake view, and maybe progress to Surprise Lake which is just a bit farther. That is a much easier hike than the entire loop. Should you decide to do the whole thing, don't make the left onto the yellow trail, bear right to continue on the blue trail instead. This way you end with the spectacular views as a reward. Also, we took our dog, who does a lot of hiking, and he was exhausted. He even needed to be lifted up and down on 2 of the walls. Do it, and enjoy.

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2 months ago

Some areas with intense rock faces but all in a a great hike!

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2 months ago

Park in the lot directly across from marina. Actually ended past where orange merged in the rhododedrum forest as i calleded it and returned. Beautiful views at suprise lake and amazing views from Bearfort mtn ridge overlooking Greenwood lake on yellow.

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Tougher than you think. Lots of scrambling. Amazing topography! The views are terrific.

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