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Very clean and scenic hike! Moderate if you take the blue trail but pretty water fall!

Hiking up the red dot was tough but the views at the top were amazing. Also when you're about to hit the green from blue there is a spot where me and other people were jumping into a pool of water from the rocks. Its not allowed but it was very fun. Will go again.

Started at the Douglas trailhead lot which had a decent amount of parking. Headed up the Douglas trail which was a pretty steep climb but the trail was wide and we took it at an easy pace. Connected with the AT and followed that to an area with a very nice overlook of the valley. Continued on the AT until we got to Sunfish Pond where we scoped out a shady spot for some lunch. Found a shedded snakeskin near our lunch spot which was neat. After lunch, got back on the AT and hugged the shoreline of the pond where we saw a few salamanders and a bunch of frogs. At the far end of the pond we came to the Garvey Springs trail which headed back down the mountain. At the junction with the Rockcores trail we went right which seemed to be a less traveled trail and it definitely paid off. As we made our way down we came across a young black bear digging through a rotting tree stump. Upon noticing us, the bear calmly ambled up the mountainside and out of sight. A short distance further and we were back to the parking lot. All in all, a nice 5 mile loop for a late morning / early afternoon hike!

mountain biking
2 days ago

Beautiful trail with a nice view of the lake. Lots of twists and turns through the woods make it fun. Lots of up hill and down hill make it challenging and rewarding. This trail is relatively hard to get to and hard to follow with all the turns. Overall a very pleasant experience.

Awesome climb. The view is worth every second of this hike. Walk back using blue trail to cool off at the bottom of the mountain. Will be going back without a doubt.

hiking
3 days ago

I started off at route 515 in Jersey. there begining is flat and easy on a boardwalk most of the way. when you cross route 94 you approach stairway to heaven. it's a steep climb mostly rocks zig zag top the top. beautiful views when you get there

Network of trails that can be combined in different ways - full map at http://www.njconservation.org/images/2014fpp_trails8x11color.jpg. Trails are decently marked but need to pay attention. Would also be good for trail running.

Network of trails, decently marked with lots of ways to combine them - full map at http://www.njconservation.org/images/2014fpp_trails8x11color.jpg. Flies are a pain in the summer but not unbearable with bug spray. Trails would also be good for trail running.

Definitely a more difficult “moderate” trail. Take your time and bring lots of water, some parts were pretty strenuous. Fantastic view made it worth the climb.

6 days ago

Great, easy hike. You can walk through wetlands woods and a sandy beach in a short time. There’s a wide variety of trees and birds. I read that there’s a lot of ticks in this area but we stayed on the main path (which is rather wide and clear) and had no ticks.

Did it on a Monday with 16 year old son. Great time. Challenging but very doable. First 1 - 1.5 mile strenuous uphill. Last 1.5-2.0 miles. downhill. In and out in 3 hours. beautiful views. Other people on the trail so you feel pretty safe. Would do it again in a heartbeat. Good time.

Excellent hike! Very strenuous and at the 3/4 mark I questioned why I was still doing it hahaha, but totally worth it! The view was great and we met a lot of great people, religious hikers and through hikers. There’s a farm across the street, a small farmers market with a bathroom. Good for quick stop.

Favorite spot in NJ hands down! I've hiked it about a dozen times and I'll probably go at least a dozen more. I recommend going up the red and coming down the blue. The red trail has sections that are fairly steep but there's a great view after the first major incline. Bring water and take breaks! The view at the top is amazing and there's an area with small waterfalls and a small pool where you can cool off at the bottom of the blue trail. Highly recommended!

Very comfortable and short hike. Definitely recommend for beginners.

I think this hike was on the more challenging side of moderate. I enjoyed it very much and would certainly do again. Amazing views.

Enter onto tracks and follow them to the field entrance. Yes you can cross, please do so safely. Stay left for Cannonball Trail in Red. If you hit white then you missed the split to the left for Red. Wrap the pond at the top of the trail. Descent trail, once your on them they are pretty well maintained. Good routes but no crazy elevations changes or overlooks. Good for mountain biking!

Absolutely beautiful we got married here on the suspension bridge. Easy hike they are re-doing the wooden walkway.
Clean ... keep it that way please ❤️

Very nice trail I love it. I will back soon

Not bad. Could be A LOT better if it didn’t have all the geese and puddling. Drainage and trail clean up could be useful.

Fantastic well maintained loop. Lots to see!! Lime Kiln and Ice Castle ruins along the trail.

Flat trail, most parts are wide enough for 2-3 people side by side. Can be very muddy especially on the west of Newman’ Lane.

Great hike. Many positives. Lots of blueberry bushes along the hike. Very rocky, lots of boulders to climb over. Not many scenic views on the red path, but it gets better on the red/yellow path. Trails are marked well, and there were plenty of other trails to try. Ample parking.

Nice trail. Relatively flat with board walks over the wettest sections. Still muddy in sections despite no rain for a week. Needed to use the app to pick up the trail at Lake Nummy. Right on the road at swimmimg area, right on next road and left onto the trail before the recycling center. Spray tick repellant. The last half of the trail has high weeds on the trail. Picked off a lot of ticks along the way, including small deer ticks. Overall a nice hike.

Good workout but garbage views

Nice hike even though trail gets crowded. Don't go when it's hot!

I just finished this trail with my dog on July 4th.It would be a great running trail. Hiking was nice but make sure you use bug repellent with Deet..otherwise you will be covered with ticks and chiggers.
2 years ago I hiked only 3 miles of the trail.I was Chigger bait... I used a natural bug spray...They don't work...
I itched for 3 weeks...fair warning...
Spray yourself good to enjoy the trail . It's quite nice in some areas.

Flat, scenic and peaceful. However, go on the fall or winter. Biting flies are aggressive and relentless, even with insect repellent.

Great hike however do note as of sighting 7/5/18 just after first false summit/view point, aprox 50 feet to the left of trail in brush: —BLACK BEAR MOTHER AND CUB ARE LIVING NEARBY AND WERE SPOTTED. STAY ALERT. TEACH ANY KIDS JOINING PROPER BEHAVIOR IF YOU ENCOUNTER THE BLACK BEAR FAMILY—. The bear was calm and did not approach us. The State of NJ issues a black bear guide for free as well and is also available on their website: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/bearfacts_safetytips.htm

Difficulty: This certainly edges on the more difficult side of moderate as beginning incline and subsequent ascents are reminiscent of Mount Jefferson in the New Hampshire White Mountains (3rd highest NE peak behind Wash/Adams. There are periods of flat or near flat trailhead however between climbs. Spectacular views after initial descent which are noted on AllTrails map.

Have fun and remember bug spray!

hiking
12 days ago

Too busy for my liking, tons of people including a bunch of children running around. The hike was ok, though Crater lake was also very busy with people blasting music. Basically if you're looking for seclusion go elsewhere.

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