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Nice hike but if you are looking for a challenging one , this is not it ...It can be categorized as moderate but not hard at all

Good exercise. Good views. Got a little lost at some points. Overall good hike.

Pretty good hike. View up top is pretty awesome. Covered by trees the whole way so the sun isnt beating down on you. Multiple scenic views to look at as you go up to high point which makes for a nice spot to eat some snacks and catch up on hydration.

the views were worth the steep route up, and at the top there is a rock formation of a bench to sit and enjoy the view.

on Shephard's Pond Loop

nature trips
1 month ago

We stopped here for a picnic and were pleasantly surprised. Really nice picnic area on the pond. The pond had a sand beach. We were there off season but during the summer swimming is allowed. We defiantly are going to check it out in the warmer months.

Nothing extraordinary about the trail, but we only did a portion of it. Didn’t see any bears. Nothing is in bloom yet so all brown hues. Saw two small ponds connected with a culvert.

Nice 3 mike walking trail, with a few creeks to jump over... almost went off the trail a few times tho!

I went in October and the view was beautiful. The colors of the leaves were just changing and very vibrant. You can see the NYC skyline once you get to high point of the trail. The trail was very moderate and anyone could do this trail!

1 month ago

Live in town and trail never disappoints. Big incline is similar to western mountains with the view to back up the climb.

Be sure you have the correct trail map for this park! It should show a large loop featuring Green—>Blue/Teal—>Blue (a long Yellow and Red/White trail should be on the map, too). There is another map showing as “current” online and it does not have the correct markings.

Anyhoo, I did that Green/Teal/Blue loop mentioned above along with a quick diversion down the White Trail to see the waterfall. Came in a little over 6 miles (I parked at the Weis Center, so some of that was also the walk to the car).

I’d consider this trail fairly untrafficked—I usually only pass one or two people at the most, but I’ve also never gone on weekends.

Doing the loop as I do, starting at the Weis Center and going down the green path first, you come to a steep, pretty killer incline about halfway through. There are also a few spots with some scrambling required over rocks—I even had to lift my dog up one part! Otherwise I’d more list this trail as moderate rather than difficult.

My daughter and I did this with a lot of snow on the ground. Because of that, I suspect it wasn’t as easy as noted. We had to find detours around paths covered in water. The loop was closer to almost 4 miles because of that. Even still, we loved it, though I had some scary moments crossing water.

hiking
2 months ago

With a good amount of stunning vistas and beautiful forest - and having to work hard for some the views - this hike was great. Granted, this was a 80 degree, clear day in February - the conditions could not have been better. Norvin Green never lets me down.

Very pretty. View of NYC skyline was cool. This hike is as good as any in the lower ADKs and one of my fave Jersey hikes.

hiking
3 months ago

Did this one back in July and it instantly became one of my favorites in Jersey. Astounding views on all sides from the summit area, and numerous views on the way up. Parking down the road and walking to the trailhead sucked, but the hike more than made up for it. Not an easy hike, but not hard by any means

It was 5.8 miles starting on Morris Rd, not from Trail head. Nice easy hike with beautiful view of the Wanaque Reservoir. Clearly marked with yellow markers.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail markers were a bit confusing, which several other hikers we encountered mentioned as well. Overall though, it was a great hike. A variety of scenery, as well as scrambles, and some more challenging spots. Definitely make your way up to Hi Point. The views were amazing! I would definitely hike here again.

This trail was very beautiful and peaceful. The day we went only met up with an occasional fellow hiker. I agree it was somewhat difficult for us. A lot of steep climbs sometimes over great slabs of granite. I would say hiking shoes rather than sneakers is a must.

hiking
6 months ago

Great exercise for an afternoon. Climbs and views. Trekking poles helped my short legs. Nothing too strenuous. Beautiful views and interesting features.

Study the map at the park first and find the map at the kiosk showing the multiple trails and color codes for their blazes. The loop shown here is a small part of what you will see in the total network of trails. Look to match the shape of this loop with the trails on the right side of the map.

I relied on the GPS to stay on the loop shown here, but got off the intended trail and lost the yellow/white blazes near the end. Thought we were on the trail but ended up in someone’s backyard. It was easy to get to the street at that point and you were back at the parking lot. The network of orange, yellow-white, and red-white trails near the end is confusing, many parallel and shared trails, some making small loops. Take a photo at the kiosk or have a map to keep track of your route in this section.

Beautiful fall foliage.

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike! Beautiful views!

Good hike. Great views. Many slippery rocks that require caution. Not technically difficult. .

A crowded trail for sure. Came across a pack of about 20 hikers all going up to Mt Defiance. Not one of my favorites but ill return just for the summit.

Great trail with some awesome views. Like other reviewers, It was a bit confusing to get onto the right trail but in the end I followed the green blazes that start near the pool by the parking lot and then the blue blazes up to the Ridgeline. There were some steep sections but I don’t think it’s very strenuous. Great way to spend a few hours when you need a quick nature fix.

hiking
7 months ago

Its an easy 2.3 mile loop from starting at Carletondale Rd. Stay on yellow and it easily loops with only one moderate climb.

hiking
7 months ago

Best hike we’ve done in awhile. Don’t just do the map loop above. If you do you’ll miss the views. Make sure to get on the Highpoint Trail so you can see NYC and some other 360 degree amazing views. Didn’t see any other hikers yesterday. Also no one was collecting $10.

Love how you can get amazing views without a super strenuous hike. I did get lost though. There are so many trails at this park and a lot of them run parallel to eachother which doesnt help... luckily i had service and data to look up a map and track my location to get back on the right track. otherwise an awesome loop and good hike with nice views

Nice views at the top and you can see Manhattan. A couple spots were not marked great but all in all it was easy to follow. We saw a black snake, probably 5 feet long. Scared the

This did not appear to be easy. We did the green trail to otter hole to blue and teal back to green. Snake den road trailhead. This was 6.8 miles. It was more moderate as there was many ups and downs and rocky. One section was a long uphill. Not sure this listing is correct. Nothing saying Weis Center.

hiking
8 months ago

Its not the easiest one ive done. More challenging than Kanouse and much steeper. Follow red triangle on white blazes up to the flag and back down. Didn't see any off trails to make it a loop. Its a good 2.5 miles total and 1.25 miles constant incline to flag. Amazing views all the way up and down.

Hiked the pink loop off the red on white blazed trail off Snake Den Rd west. 2 good view points toward the east with views of NYC.

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