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Windbeam Mountain Overlook Trail

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Ringwood, New Jersey

Windbeam Mountain Overlook Trail is a 2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ringwood, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 718 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Kid friendly

Hiking

Forest

Views

Wildlife

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Getting There

This is a pleasant, short hike to some outstanding viewpoints to the east, southwest, west and northeast. Its a great place for a picnic lunch. Starting at parking on Stonetown Rd, follow the road south for a short distance to the blue blazed Highlands Trail (just before junction with Westbrook Rd). Turn left (east) into the woods and begin a gradual climb up the south slope of Windbeam Mountain. You will see a few limited viewpoints along the way. The trail levels out, then after a short downhill section it joins the red & white blazed Stonetown Circular Trail. Together they climb to the top of Windbeam Mountain. Reaching the top you will come to several outstanding viewpoints, the best of which comes after a short descent into a shallow ravine and climb up the other side. From here, retrace your steps to the junction of the Highlands and Stonetown Circular Trail and return via the Stonetown Circular.

North Jersey District Water Supply Commission (973) 835-3600

Route 287 to Wanaque (511) exit. Proceed north on Ringwood Ave (CR 511). Make a left on West Brook Road, cross bridge and bear right at split onto Stonetown Rd. There is parking for two cars on the right shoulder just south of the Stonetown Circular trailhead (blazes are white with red triangle). Leave "hiking" note on dashboard. More parking is available at the athletic fields a few hundred yards to the north and on the left.

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Reviews (204)
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Melissa Brinksma
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HikingBugsRockyScramble

Really fun hike. Very rocky and lots of climbing. Boots encouraged! And be very careful going back down the riches are. Little loose so you could slip

Paul Garrett
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Vanessa Rodriguez
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HikingBugsMuddyRocky
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Daniel Claff
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Hiking

A fine hike for anyone looking for something a bit more challenging than the usual NJ fare. I went counter clockwise and had the sun/heat on the ascents with nice cool shade and a breeze on the descents. Not much wildlife but the views were nice (if somewhat limited). The trail is pretty rocky, which I like, but it can be tedious going if you're not used to it. Traffic-wise, not too busy. In fact, pretty quiet on the western side. Also worth noting that on the western side the blazes were ok but definitely not great. It's always good to keep an eye out for the trail. A great day out though!

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Richard Bach
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Matthew Garrido
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Hiking

Good trail, kinda confused as to where it started. Had fun but really tiring.

Katy Wong
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Hiking

Good views! Be careful of the steep decline after!

Danielle M.
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Hiking

Beautiful clearly marked trail the view from the top is worth the trip. My 6 year old found it challenging but doable. Some friendly hikers along the way but not overly crowded. Will definitely return. (Took the red triangle trail to the red triangle/teal trail).

Azela Zarate
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble
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Sushanth Mali
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Hiking

Nice trail. Cool views of reservoir. Less crowds, literally none after first one mile. Almost 12 miles to do the entire loop including the road walk etc. fun day to spend weekend during COVID time

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Jeff Johnson
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Hiking

Some of the best elevation gains in NJ.

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Matt Bosco
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HikingBugsOff trailRocky

Moderately difficult trail with a rocky gradual climb. No hand work was required but it was still challenging. The entrance off Stonetown Rd (not the Rec Center) shortens the hike and also eliminates an overgrown portion of the trail. Excellent views from the summit and NYC can be seen in the distance. It was very buggy but didn’t see any ticks. Very quiet hike. Managed to venture off trail on the way up and the return trail down was not properly blazed and was extremely steep and slippery! Would do this one again.

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Meg Saluga
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Ringwood is one of my favorites towns in North Jersey and yet somehow I had never tried or heard of this trail! It’s short at only 2 miles but it’s quite a workout! Definitely muddy at the bottom from recent rain (and people clearly walking right through it instead of hopping on the rocks) but once you get higher up the path is dry. The thing about this trail is it’s not that steep or high, but it consists of constant incline. Beautiful views at the top make it beyond worthwhile. And when you reach the summit, make sure you continue past that first viewpoint because there’s a second higher summit just down the trail a bit, with even more phenomenal views of the Wanaque reservoir.

Lily Be.
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HikingBugsMuddyRockyScramble

Slippery and super steep during the first half mile but then you get to have a nice view

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