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Yellow Trail and Highlands Trail Loop is a 5.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 508 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Off trail

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Glacial Erratics, Northern Bog, Limited views, climb Highest point in park. Mahlon Dickerson Reservation is the largest county park in Morris county. Most of the hike takes you onto the Highlands trail which is part of a long distance trail that when complete will stretch from the Delaware River to the Hudson River and traverse the NY/NJ Highlands region. The trail goes through some nice cool valleys lined with Beech trees and the Headley overlook were you get views of the Weldon Brook wildlife Management area and Lake Hopatcong. After you leave the Highlands trail you get onto to the Boulder trail were you can observe Glacial Erratics. After going through the boulders you get onto the Pine Swamp Trail. This trail takes you to the Highest point in Morris County and along a Northern Bog, lined with hemlock, Rhododendron and Spruce trees. After going along the bog you come to the old Ogden Mine rail bed. This will take you back to the Parking.

Morris County Park commission: 973-326-7600

From Hamburg take rt. 23 south to Holland Mt Rd. Make right onto Holland Mt Rd. Take to end. Male left onto ridge Rd and then a right onto Russia Rd. Take Russia Rd a few miles past golf course. Make a right on Weldon Rd. Go past high school. after a few miles you will come to Saffin Pond. Park in lot.

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Chris Lobo
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Susan Townsend
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Mark OBrien
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Hiking

Buggy, not much elevation or wildlife. Mushrooms and lakes. Nice walk. Easy

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Jelena Rovcanin
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Theresa Spadola
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HikingRocky

Absolute blast, little shorter than listed.

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Steven Hildenbrand
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Great walk, tough trails didn’t follow trail more winged it and made it work. Nice do-able elevation changes and terrain.

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Steve Lange
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Hiking

ran a similar route to this one. awesome trail system, good way to stay away from Corona virus

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Christa Montgomery
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Hiking

3-15-20 Two section of Highlands trail are closed. Closures and reroutes well marked. Quiet, little to no traffic noise.

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Tom Hoos
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HikingMuddyOff trail

kind of ended up on this trail by wander. pretty good trail nice views of lake aeroflex not too long kind of muddy good for a half of an afternoon.

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Lisi M.
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Hiking

Pretty amazing trail. My mother who is 78 did it!!! Make sure you bring water.

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Tom Hoos
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HikingIcySnow

Great trail even for the middle of January. Well maintained and pretty easy to follow except for the one turn I missed, but the trail I took led back to the correct trail. There is a nice outlook but it is a ways in from the sign. it's worth it though. made for a nice spot for lunch.

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Shawn Lee
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Adam Zerda
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Running

Fun quick run in the woods. Nice to get back to Saffin Pond after years away.

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Kaitlin K
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HikingBugs

LOVED this trail! Super easy, nicely groomed, easily marked. Incredibly buggy.

Rhane Siegler
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Hiking

So kinda took my 4 year old around the lake and meant to take the small loop but ended up doing to whole yellow trail with him on my shoulders. Was a nice hike and good workout

Sally O'Mally
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Chelsea Roff
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Christopher Turi
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Hiking

We went on 8/17 and there were a ton of mosquitos. It would be a really nice hike in the Fall, but can be skipped in the summer.

Douglas Kabbash
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I went on the 6.8 loop on a mountain bike. It starts out nice and manicures, easy. Soon enough it changes to very technical, rocky trails. I found myself pushing my bike up quite a bit though I was there to exercise I was hoping for more rhythm and cadence. There was no scenic overlook but I found it tiring but if you can handle the technical stuff and are in good shape you might want to try this loop. Bring a patch kit or extra tube. Go early or expect lots o flies.

Jenna Garrison
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Hiking

The colors of the trails changed frequently and without reason. My 5 friends and I were all baffled and had to stop a lot to reorient. The highest point is such a bummer. It's just a sign in the woods, no view, summit, or overlook. We were disappointed.

Sharon Leba
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Hiking

nice

Kevin Perry
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Hiking

I have used this trail alot over the years, both as hiker and hike leader. It is a nice change of pace from the generally more developed trails around it in the park. You get a nice variety of woodland, swamp and stream environments, and some great views. The dogs (on leash) love it. If you have a knowledgeable guide accompanying you, there are abundant historical/archeological remains of 19th century habitation, iron mining and a mine railroad. Most of those features are easily missed - except, of course, the railbed which is part of another trail. There are a number of intersecting trails that offer nice diversions, and this trail is shared by several of these trails which are under a different management. The bears are there, but are generally easy to get along with. I have seen 1-2 bears per hike at times, while often going weeks without seeing one. Most of them would really prefer to leave you alone - or more particularly that you leave them alone. Well worth a morning or afternoon.

Maria Sbailo
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Melissa Liv
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