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Vista Loop Trail is a 3.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips and is best used from April until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 3.5 mi Elevation gain 636 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

Partially paved

River

Views

Waterfall

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Getting There

Yellow blazes mark this trail. From the parking area, follow the dirt trail to the bridge that crosses the Ramapo River and continue straight with the Scarlet Oak Pond on the right. Immediately once past the end of the pond, take the path to the right that continues to hug the pond and further down this path on the left is a wooden footbridge that begins the ascent for this trail. The ascent will climb at moderately steep grade to start and become more level further along the trail. Towards the end, the trail will eventually lead to a large downhill rock which descends down towards the MacMillan Reservoir where it then bears left and eventually goes across the dam. Following the dam, it then continues down a partially paved and gravel portion of the trail where it then bears right. Before a small bridge, a tree with a single yellow blaze will be off to the right, continuing the trail down past a water fall and back to the starting point. Points of Interest: - Hawk Rock Overlook (At the top of the initial ascent of the trail, a nice overlook view of the Ramapo Valley area including Ramapo College campus and on a clear day, the New York City skyline in the distance). - Cactus Ledge (A bit further along the trail from and above Hawk Rock Overlook, features the only native growing cactus in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains). - Ridge Overlook (Provides a higher view than the Hawk Rock Overlook and a move visible view of the valley and New York City skyline).

Located off of Route 202 in Mahwah, New Jersey. Route 202 is accessible via Route 17 and Route 208.

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Jessica D'Elia
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Hiking

Great trail that combines the vista loop with the MacMillan reservoir loop!

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Jonah Wunder
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HikingGreat!Rocky
Samantha Scicchigno
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HikingRocky

This is a good bang for your buck hike with many things to see in less than 4 miles. Fairly rocky without any scrambling. Do the hike counterclockwise to get the hardest climbs over with in the beginning. Please clean up after yourselves after using the trails - hate seeing signs of human presence!

Stephanie Moy
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Herman Ortega
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HikingRocky
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Jessica Bramnick
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Hiking

Shady on a hot summer day! Steep inclines but great challenging hike, good with my 2 dogs

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Chanah Haddad
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Hiking

Lovely hike with a steep incline to start and beautiful views throughout. Saw a couple chipmunks, a snake, and a frog. Got there at 8:30am on a Sunday and there were already lots of people there, however.

Franky Valdez
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HikingBugsMuddyOff trailRockyScramble

Really Nice trail..few frogs along the way..Saw a little lizard and some Deers to end it all..overall a good hike and would recommend

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Latia Fryar
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xin luo
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Bill Hiker
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Hiking

Mostly shaded - steep uphill and down hill but great views!

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Danielle Schlein
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great hike from start to finish. got off the trail by the 2nd lake so my dog could play with the others in the water. pretty easy and the ascend isn't that hard. without stopping it would have taken me about 1.5 hrs

Jennifer Perez
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HikingLife NJ
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Hiking

Went counter clockwise added the pond and lake made it a 5mile hike not bad I rate this easy some nice views but it was very crowded

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Raphael M
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Hiking

What a great hike. Moderate, with a few steep inclines. Diversity of environments. Plenty of wildlife: we saw a snake, frogs, lizards, tons of birds including a giant woodpecker. A few parts are littered but overall a wonderful trail.

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Gianna Santaite
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HikingRocky

Great trail! It was actually one of my first trails I have ever took and completed, it was really fun with a lot of scenic views to stop at for rest.

Leeana R
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Hiking

Trail reopened. I arrived at 10:30 and the main lot was already filled and closed off. Parked at the second lot by the playground which also have limited parking, get there early. Yellow trail was great only ran into a few ppl but it was a bit crowded at the waterfall.

Aaron Simon
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Hiking

Did the trail today - the beginning and end had a lot of people around 3 pm and 6 PM. One other thing to note - this website lists the hike as moderate - the sign at the trailhead lists it as strenuous. It's probably between the two...there are some rock scrambling if you go to the right at first and the first hour is a pretty steady incline. Still a great hike.

Leeana R
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went back yesterday, both entrances were closed.

John Skendelas
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HikingBugs
Jono Gorman
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HikingMuddyRocky

Great trail! But crowded. All the scenic looks were of people taking selfies. Recommend highly... just not on a holiday weekend.

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