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Hiked the trail today. Basically flat with some minor elevation. I found it well marked. Very, very muddy - waterproof boots a must. Some bridges/planks that make it neat. My wife and I enjoyed it - saw two big buck up close. Overall 4/5.

hiking
6 days ago

We did this hike in reverse. Going past the waterfall first. It was magnificent since we have had so much rain. We climbed up after the reservoir and headed down past the viewpoints. View of NYC is amazing. Leaves were just past prime but still very enjoyable. We ended by walking around Scarlet Pond, adding just a little distance to finish up.

hiking
9 days ago

As friendly and courteous as all the mountain bikers are, these paths are not. Narrow paths are not made to be shared and you constantly will step to the side and wait for bikers to pass. The lack of proper blazes is also pretty maddening. I would happily get lost in the woods if there was anything really awesome to see, but alas, it's just your average forest.

hiking
17 days ago

Awesome views. Lots of history took place along these paths. Great hike!

24 days ago

Beautiful scenery, tons of history, love it.

Mostly flat easy terrain. 25% moderate as you need to watch your footing to prevent rolling an ankle. quite muddy in second half (when travelling counterclockwise)

hiking
25 days ago

Some really nice views for an easier hike thats on the shorter end, plus Cactus Ledge was a cool anomaly. Was pretty busy in the beginning but the crowds dwindled the further we got into the trail. Great Beginner hike to take first-timers or your friends/family on.

Reasonably well maintained trails but poorly marked for sure. Keep a close eye on you map during this hike or you’ll end up off trail pretty easily. Trail offers some nice foliage and a couple of nice views at the end, but really mostly just forest the whole way.

Nice and lovely. Not difficult but can be slippery.

The trail is across the street from the parking lot. It’s an easy trail with a few short rock scrambles but again not challenging. I would not consider this a moderate hike. Definitely take the blue trail first as it is the only real incline on the whole hike and leads you straight to a really pretty river and waterfall. The trail gets a bit funky after that when looping back. The way back is very easy and the overlook is ok. Recommend for anyone looking for an easy hike.

lots of fun. make sure you take blue trail to see waterfall and lake!!!

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!

My husband and I didn’t do the whole loop as we didn’t have enough time to complete it before dark. We just went down the blue trail and back. Fun little jaunt. It is rocky in spots so be prepared and wear proper shoes. It was still wet from rain when we went so there were some super slippery parts. The falls are nice! Trail was clean and there was plenty of parking. I wouldn’t recommend this trail (at least the blue trail portion) for small/young children. There are plenty of other areas in the park for them to play and run around, though.

An ok trail there was not much of a scenery just a long trail walk. The trail marks need to be more clear we had to stop a couple of times trying to figure out where the marks are.

I love this trail. It follows the stream to a beautiful waterfall. After the waterfall it follows the stream up to the second lake than u can take the trail around the lake. Haven’t finished the entire trail , but I plan on it very soon. What a great trail

hiking
1 month ago

Small easy hike.

walking
1 month ago

Not shaded much so be prepared. Great park for bird watching.

A little muddy but still enjoyable. Lots of families out enjoying themselves.

The Patriot Trail is a good fast walk/run with some nice steep climbs. The detour to the waterfall is steep and good for the quads although the waterfall is really a brook. We went on a Saturday and we had it all to ourselves. Due wear hiking boots the terrain is rocky and the leaves hide them quite often.

Crowded on a school holiday. All alone on a workday.
Northern end:
Feels like a park in an urban setting.
Southern end:
Beautiful paved bike trail through forest.
One note: the not paved trail is in dire need of maintenance. Lots of briars and muddy spots.
Biking, what more could you ask for?

Easy trail, lot of shadow, perfect for a summer day

Beautiful falls, and wildflower field.. Lots of incline and rocky terrain, best to wear hiking shoes.. We spotted an owl and deer and several baby frogs on our way.. Recommend this hike!

Nice and friendly walking some are has shades most of the area you are under the sky.
Very easy to walk with kids and enjoy the moment 

Very easy trail. A little muddy on the north side but easily negotiable. Took an infant in a backpack and had no trouble. Easy to extend trail distance depending how you feel. Limited parking but spaces turn over

Love this trail! If you park at the smaller entrance along Jones road there is a playground and the trailhead there is perfect for kids. I love coming here with my 2 year old

Beautiful fall views

great hike! I only did the blue trail since my dog was getting tired but very pretty, scenic hike. I didn't think it was difficult at all, mt tammany was much more difficult. The waterfalls are beautiful and it only takes a mile in to see the view from the top of the rocks.

hiking
2 months ago

Nothing special. Free parking, Google maps directions are confusing at the very entrance - google insists you make a right turn where there is a sign ‘no entry’ so that you continue driving down Route 202 for couple more miles.
The hike itself is crowded at the beginning, right off the parking lot. There is no ranger station or visitor center, so get your maps before you start. Or take a picture of a map on the parking lot. There are a lot of trails, so you can make your own route, adjusting the length. There are quite a few dogs on the trial that are let off leash, so just be careful. The Bear Swamp Lake at the middle of the loop is pretty much a swamp covered with lots of water lilies. It’s technically a lake but it’s swampy and breeds gazillions of mosquitoes. Don’t you even consider going without a bug spray- you’d be eaten alive. Bring a bug spray with you as well - we had to apply it several times during the hike. There are 2 other lakes on the trail that are in a better condition.
There are couple of interesting places that look like cabin ruins around the lake with chimneys and some walls. We had lunch at one of those. But that is pretty much it. All trails are well marked and easy to follow and well maintained for the most part.

Beautiful waterfall... Had to find a river crossing below falls... Recommend crossing at the dam and taking the blue trail along the creek

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