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After the bridge it gets a little unclear where the trail is, got lost a little but it was great!

I highly recommend this trail for any beginner hiker. It’s beautiful and it’s not heavily populated with people (on a beautiful Sunday morning). Beautiful sites and not hard to follow. The reason I rated 4 and not 5 stars is the trail on the island is not marked so as a beginner it made me a little weary to do the loop.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Only stayed on what seemed like the main trail. Seemed like a nice balance of ups and down. Pretty cool to get the bridge and get over to the island. Plenty of people enjoying the trail.

hiking
closed
1 month ago

**The Highlands (teal) trail section of this route is closed: the blazes are painted over/scratched off many trees, the trail is overgrown, and where you would turn off the Highlands (teal) trail and bare left (mile point 2.4), there is a pile of downed wood purposely blocking the trail start.** From mile mark 0.6-2.4, the trail is closed. If you're hiking the Highlands trail, you would take the teal/Highlands trail from the parking lot walking around the eastern portion of Saffin Pond and then continue left onto teal trail at southern portion of the pond. At mile mark 0.6, you will turn left to continue on the rerouted Highland trail; if you turn right, like it shows in this route, you will be hiking on the closed portion of the trail. The Highlands Trail website (TheHighlandsTrail.org) has a map of the reroute and more information under the section HT NJ 2: Route 23 To Route 181. I really enjoyed this hike otherwise. I didn't realize the trail was closed until after I completed it and went home and did some research (I had my suspicions, but there wan't a lot of information posted, just some vague signs saying portions of the trail had been rerouted - but they didn't show a map so it was unclear what section they were talking about. You also have to dig a little for an updated map as AllTrails, the map posted in the parking lot, Morris County Parks Comission, and the Highlands Trail website all show an un-updated map.); I actually thought the most fun portion of the hike was the closed section as it had lots of rock scrambles, stream crossings, and beautiful forest sceneries. The trail is pretty overgrown in some sections, but the blazes are still present for most of the trail (blazes have been painted over/scratched off the beginning portions of the trail).

fun trail, definitely on the easy side of moderate.

You really need to stay on top of which trail you are on and check your position on the app, many cross over, they change frequently. It's very easy to get on wrong path as there are so many. I wound up getting on the wrong trail a few times. nice walk but I found much of the trail was grooved by timer tracks or covered with graded stone. I spend much of my trail time on the AT so it kind of felt like I was on a fire road for much of the time.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate to easy well maintained outside of some areas on Purple. same beautiful fawn running and few nice babling creeks. will definitely return.

hiking
3 months ago

well groomed trails and extremely clean! I only saw one other person on this 7 mile loop during the one time I hiked it.

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

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

mountain biking
bugs
4 months ago

good riding but some trees were down had to climb over them .

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

This is a 7 mile trail. Enjoyed the hike

hiking
4 months ago

Long trail than mentioned. Good walk. Nice path.

hiking
bugs
4 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

This is not a simple walk. This route follows the yellow trail then switches to the teal trail midway through before returning back to the yellow trail. The teal trail is not maintained and is completely overgrown for the stretch we followed for this route. Also, there is some light rock scramble and several creeks which must be crossed without a bridge. Plenty of ticks and poison ivy.

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

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

great trail for trail running! today it rained a good amount so trail was super muddy. loved jt! a few sceneries:)

hiking
muddy
rocky
8 months ago

mountain biking
10 months ago

White trail

We had a great hike! I recommend finding another trail soon after it’s been raining. There were parts we had to go around because huge puddles and a couple stream crossing were difficult.

Starts and ends on easy terrain with a somewhat challenging middle section. No spectacular views but a fun hike

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.

Thu Feb 22 2018

was a good hike. took a lil longer than I thought.

hiking
Thu Dec 07 2017

beautiful section of pine trees, mountain Laurel and rhod. gps work great. did whole trail and there lots of cross trails. no mountain views. realative flat trail.

great overlooks!

hiking
Mon Jul 18 2016

First I believe that this trail is longer than is written here, probably just above 5 miles. You start out around a the lake. I would NOT call this easy at all. Possibly Moderate to Difficult. I question the tag as "kid friendly". If you've got a great young hiker then yes. Otherwise NO! Most of the trail is well groomed. You start out on yellow, go on to Teal (Highlands Trail) and back on to yellow. The yellow is very well groomed. The Highlands Trail has places in the middle that are someone overgrown and beware there are spots ridden with poison ivy. I like the Highlands Trail part. It's challenging, some nice hills and ridges as well as babbling brooks. I did not use hiking poles but will bring one if I do this again because as you're traversing over rocks to climb across those babbling brooks you will appreciate that one hiking pole so you won't accidentally grab on to a tree that has a poison ivy vine running up it. (Good idea to have those Technu packs around)

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