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Three Mountain Ponds Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wallpack Center, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 4.9 mi Elevation gain 452 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

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Michael Roberts
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Hiking

This is a nice walk in the woods. I have no idea why it is rated moderate as it is easy with very little incline and well marked and wide trails. I added Crater Lake to the walk which was maybe another 1.5 miles round trip. There was one very nice view off the AT between the two lakes so I am glad I went to Crater Lake. Saw a rust colored lizard, some big deer, and a garter snake (I think). Nobody in the parking lot at 9:30 am on a Friday but a fair amount of cars there at noon.

Tanya Sulikowski
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Hiking

Lots of extra trails that aren’t on the map but the main blue trail is very well marked. Got out early and didn’t see a soul until we were leaving.

Matthew Thomas
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Great hike. Blue Mountain Lake is beautiful and Hemlock is serene. I had hoped to go to crater lake too, but a hefty bear was in the middle of the trail so I felt it was appropriate to leave it alone and follow this map as is. Also, the short train that looks like a shortcut between the first part of the blue mountain lake loop and the crater lake trail is overgrown and virtually impassable. It’s no longer on the updated NPS maps. The lookout towards the end is gorgeous! Only complaint was the ungodly humidity (my bad for picking a hike during a heat wave) and the bugs.

Rachel Greco
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Hiking

We loved this trail! Lots of different terrain and bonus ponds along the way. A little bit of a climb in some places but mostly not too strenuous. If you want to add Crater Lake, you’re looking at an extra mile or so and a bit more of an incline, but we thought it was well worth it! We also went around Hemlock Pond instead of just skirting it and got to see lots of beaver activity, which was cool! All in all, it was just under 7 miles for the route we took.

Nicole Howell
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very nice trail! We had my daughter and two dogs with us. The trail clocks in more miles then it says though.

Kasey Evans
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Matt Osborn
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Really cool trail with a lot of beautiful scenery. It was not as hard as advertised, some light inclines here and there. The pond and lake views were breathtaking, however, I hoped to see more wild life, I was definitely not alone as I heard much rustling in the brush and deep woods, but no sightings.

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Logan Cerchiaro
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Hiking

I hiked with my family and my dog and we did great waters beautiful and my dog did great

Chris Cerchiaro
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Hiking

This was a great trail for the family well maintained and marked

Jason Gregory
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Hiking

I’m not sure if I’d rate this trail as moderate as there were few inclines, no scrambles and path was well defined. With that said, we really enjoyed the hike and the surrounding area. Trail wasn’t crowded on a Sunday morning and it was quite peaceful. Recommend this trail for a leisurely hike.

Cori Smith
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Hiking

Highly recommend this trail especially if you have a dog. Went on 5/7 during the day and only saw people in the parking lot but not on the trail. Took my 12 year old doggo who loved to take in a dip in every body of water we found plus it was easy enough for him to complete. Saw some bear tracks and other animal droppings near the lake, lots of frogs, and the birds brought the place alive. Very well maintained and marked. Perfect for a trail run as well!

Adam Staniszewski
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Hiking

Very nice lakes to hike around. To get to the 3rd lake, Crater Lake, the Orange Trail gets very tight steep and rocky in some parts. Decided to hike to backside of the 2nd lake, Hemlock Pond, definitely saw multiple bear droppings and a raccoon remains on the backside of Helmock Pond. This is bear country, be bear aware! But over all the trail is open and well defined. Some little "bunny hills" but not too bad. Bring bug spray, lots of gnats. The dog did the 7 mile loop with us!

Connor Doherty
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HikingBugs

Nice long flat trail! Decent view, at top, of Delaware River valley. Nice lakes. Will be coming back with bikes.

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Tanya Brinsden
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Hiking

Great hike. Saw a bear!

P R
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Hiking

There is a large parking lot at the trailhead but depending on the day this area can get very crowded. These lakes are popular for swimming and fishing. The trails are well maintained and the loop as marked on the map is easy for just about any skill level. Very flat and used by vehicles.

Alfred Reszka
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Hiking

Nice trail. More peaceful at the lakes furthest from the trailhead. My traveling companions liked swimming in the lake, as did my golden retriever. Not very challenging, a few more gentle rises and descents. Would definitely do this one again.

linda gustavson
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Hiking

This is my favorite hike in NJ. We added on to this hike taking the spur to the right, orange marked trail, to Crater Lake. You can walk all the way around Crater Lake or just go back down. We then looped Hemlock Lake. Nice rocky outcropping at the end of Hemlock for a place to rest. Love the views and not too many people.

Paul Head
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Hiking

Great trail. Hardly anyone there. A good bit of up and down, but not overly strenuous. Dog got to swim in Hemlock Lake! :)

Keith Andreotta
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Hiking

An easy, wide, mostly gravel trail. I did find the trail markings less than wonderful.

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Hiking

Beautiful easy hike. Well marked gavel trails for the most part. I also went around hemlock pond which added maybe another mile.

Michael Aurdal
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Hiking

Great trail, awesome views. Good for beginners, as it is a lighter hike. There is a stream towards the end, and the water is very cold, but it was still fun to swim in. I recommend it to anyone looking for an fun and easy hike.

Mj Amigo
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Hiking

Really bear super salty lake up top along trailhead. So salty only 1 fish can survive in it! Freezes in the winter, & if it does that means it's friggin COLD! Lol. Man oh man, learned a few lessons that trip!!! Lol

Adam Reines
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Absolutely fantastic trail. When you get to the top, it's one of the most beautiful views in all of NJ. The only problem is there's a tad bit of broken glass here and there but what can you do. So don't walk this one barefoot.

James Walburn
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Marisa de la Fuente
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Connor Wilson
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Sylvie Dinnen
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Monica K.
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kelly bray
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