DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
636 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

lake

partially paved

river

views

waterfall

10 days ago

Overall we had a good hike. I will explain why only 3 stars below. The entrance to the park is not clearly labeled. If not for the smoky the bear fire level we would have drove right on by. Tip: entrance is after Ramapo College and has a stone entrance way. Comes up quick if coming from Rt. 17. Parking is free.

There were lots of people walking dogs and small children, which I have nothing against just felt a little stressed at first when hiking is supposed to be the opposite.

However, once we got to the Vista Loop trail (Yellow), the crowd subsided and we finally had the trail to ourselves. Parts of the yellow trail and tough. High inclines and slippery rocks. Hawks Rock is nice. Cactus viewpoint is basically the same as Hawks Rock. Ridgeview is cool mainly due to the fact you can see NYC is the far distance.

We didnt end up completing the entire Vista Loop because of the limited day light but overall what we did wasnt anything more than 3 stars.

We did see some deer which was cool and ended up getting pretty close to them while then fed.

Happy trails!