Turkey Mountain via Red and Yellow Trail

MODERATE 76 reviews

Turkey Mountain via Red and Yellow Trail is a 5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boonton, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

5.0 miles
649 feet

dogs on leash



trail running





Hike over varied terrain to some views and seasonal waterfall Catch the blue blazed Butler-Montville Trail in the northeast corner of the parking lot. The trail soon begins to climb the "100 Steps" section, reaching the top where there are views to the east and west. Bear left (north) on the Red Trail, skirt the summit of Turkey Mtn (a view is just beyond the summit on a large rock outcrop), then bear left (north) on the Yellow Trail. It descends slowly, reaching a road where it crosses a stream and heads back into the woods. It parallels a road for a bit, turns west and crosses a bridge where there is a seasonal waterfall to the right. It passes under power lines, goes through a wet, rocky area, then levels out. From here its a flat, easy walk back to your car. <p> Alternately, from the bridge/waterfall, catch the green trail going west. It climbs gently, passes stone ruins then reaches an outstanding view of Lake Valhalla. At the end of the green trail bear left on the blue trail and right on the yellow and back to your car.

Hiked on 1/14 and the trail was spectacular. The frozen falls were unreal and just stunning. Highly recommend this trail.

27 days ago

Got lost as you have to keep stopping to check for blazes. Don't assume if the path is cleared that it's the one you want to be on. Falls were frozen over and much smaller than photos made it seem. Pretty snow and ice on the creek. Ruins were kind of interesting. Bring poles if it's recently snowed or rained.

1 month ago

One of the best hikes in the area with highly rewarding waterfall 2/3 of the way through (depending on which way you go). Reasonably challenging terrain. Enjoy!

4 months ago

Yellow section was kinda confusing. Got turned around a few times but otherwise not terrible.

4 months ago

It was a horrible experience. We got lost due to terrible maintenance of the trail and ended up in the middle of nowhere and encountered a shit load of snakes. Nothing good to see. Never AGAIN.

5 months ago

Yellow trail is not well maintained. All others are good

6 months ago

Trail often gets lost to grassy footpaths. Pyramid loop is much more exciting. Would recommend for the winter for views. Wouldn't repeat.

6 months ago

Too many mosquitoes. Trails hard to follow, got lost

9 months ago

A bit confusing...

9 months ago

When I went with my friend we tried our hardest to follow the trail provided however that did not end up happening. It kept showing we were going backwards. We ended up walking 8 miles to get back from the water fall. Do not recommend.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Not much elevation gain. No views to speak of. Trail was easy to navigate.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nice hike with some great views of the lake and deep Forrest. Had some steep inclines and declines but nothing to intense. Some paths are overgrown but still manageable.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Not a bad day. Mostly walking on double wide gravel through the woods but was able to take in a wildlife blind, the ruin of an old stone house, and a partially obscured view of the lake. A decent hike, pretty easy cruising, combined this with the pyramid mountain loop on the other side of the road for a longer day.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ok waterfall was not flowing

Monday, September 28, 2015

Track was a bit overgrown and markers hard to see along Brook Rd section.

Friday, April 25, 2014

This trail was ok. Not much to see except for a water fall at one point. Went in the spring with a friend and my sister. Saw absolutely no turkeys. Very muddy through out many parts of the trail. Some of trails were closed off due to ongoing construction. Decent exercise though as the trail does have some nice up hill hiking. Overall not bad.

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Nice hike. The views were quite unspectacular but for a workout it was great!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Took my girlfriend there last year where she had her first bear encounter with me. Something will never forget! Never saw one on Pyramid mt side funny enough. The 100 steps are a bit of a challenge, not too difficult though. Valhalla falls are cool, and so are the views of Valhalla lake. Not as popular or well known to people as Pyramid mt. but still worth the visit!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

So many miss this wonderful hike because they park in the parking lot for Pyramid Mountain, and never think to walk across the street (Boonton Avenue) to find the trail head. At a sign for "Turkey Mt. 100 Steps Trail," the trail rail begins. Follow this trail, which parallels the road at first, then turns right and continues beneath overhead power lines. It soon begins to ascend, first moderately and then more steeply over a series of rock steps, known as the "100 Steps," with a west-facing view near the top of the climb. 5.4 miles, moderate, minimal elevation gain. 4 viewpoints: two obscured, one of a lake, and one of the NYC skyline (very faint in the days humid haze). Also pass two ruins of stone homes. The park is dog friendly (leases required) and as you can see by one of my photos, our little westie (Clancy) enjoys his trips there.

Saturday, October 01, 2011

The hike was quite disappointing compared to Pyramid Mountain. The 100 steps were interesting, as were the stone ruins and the viewpoint on the Green Trail. Otherwise, the trail was not very well-maintained, a good portion of the trail laid underneath unslightly power lines, and the trail itself was plain boring outside of the few points of interest.

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