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Wasn't a great hike. Surrounded by tree coverage, only to end at an anti-climactic vista blocked by trees. Go to the Delaware Water Gap for better views, or just hike directly along the shoreline of the lake close by to this trailhead.

11 days ago

Fun trail, only couple of spots where you have to be careful, do some minor climbing which makes this qualify as hard. Otherwise some rocky terrain where you just have to watch your footing for some parts. Awesome views though make it worth it. Good hike for those who want a bit of a challenge in that aspect. Not challenging in the distance aspect or how long it is.

19 days ago

Lightly trafficked easy/moderate trail. Good workout .

Absolutely amazing! Great experience! For my first time hiking, I loved it!

One of the best trails in New Jersey for sure if you follow this route. You certainly get a little bit of everything north jersey has to offer in one hike. The view at the highest point is stunning in the summer. It’s definitely a moderate trail if not a little above that. It’s a 6 mile a** kicker for sure with steep inclines and declines scattered throughout. I went Green to Blue to Yellow/White if you’re following markers. Highly recommend!

Got engaged here. The views were so beautiful and you can see the NYC skyline. It reminded me of a hike in the Adirondack mountains. Perfect place for a proposal :)

This trail is ok, not many views unless you take the short side trail to Wyanokie high point which I did at the end of the hike, lots of nice views up there but unfortunatley there is also a good amount of graffiti. The trail can be hard to follow at times since there are so many side trails so make sure you have the alltrails map downloaded. Parking lot was pretty full on a early saturday but this trail was mostly quiet, only passed a few other hikers.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

10 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.

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.

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.

Good for a NJ trail, with a good view at the top. Only one tricky part, rest is very easy. Scenery constantly changes, which is nice. Rating should change to moderate.

Also went in April and didn't have to pay an entry fee. Not sure if that's always the case

4 mile loop. Green to Red to HP and back on blue.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

great views

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Can be a tough hike but so worth it. The mountain has a pretty steep ascent, but great peace at the top. I started near the falls where they enter the pool and made my way to Buck. There are multiple ways in I believe, be careful because I had to help one couple find their car, a half hour away. Get out and enjoy this one!

Friday, June 02, 2017

This was a pretty tough hike. There are many different trails to take, and each of the markings fit perfectly with the map. A lot of rock climbing on the way up, and the view at the top is beutiful.

Friday, March 31, 2017


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Good alterations in difficulty throughout the trail

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Did the entire loop. Was a little longer than I expected. Beautiful views from summit. Even Manhattan skyline can be seen way in the back.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

It was good though the summit was below what u expected to be.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Tough, rocky hike with lot of climbs on rocky trail. Beautifully shaded and very nice view points. Actually measured around 8 miles on the blue trail.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

It was challenging to say the least. But the view along the way to the top is so amazing. Worth every rock you have to climb. Go find your adventure!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We started out in Parking lot A at the Botanical Garden because there was only one lifeguard at Shepard's Lake and they had closed the parking lot. It was a little difficult to see where the trails started, but finally we found a white trail (crossover trail) which hooked into a red trail (Ringwood Ramapo trail) to an orange trail (shepard lake loop). Our goal was to get in a swim that day, so we hiked to the lake and back. Okay first off, insect repellent is a must. They were intense. Positives: The scenic overlooks were pretty. The trails (they're not paths, they're real trails) are well maintained, well-marked, good amount of elevation, fairly strenuous workout. The Negatives: Skeet shooting range! UGH. It was always in earshot and it really put a damper on the afternoon. We also couldn't figure out how to get down to swim in the lake (until after we'd already breaked for lunch and were on our way home). Such a bummer. The route back was via a mountain bike path off the lake to the road. We had a strenuous day and didn't feel like much of a hike back. There's also a funky man made beach on the lake. The property is a lovely botanical garden. If not for the skeet range, I would definitely do more hikes around here. Right on the NY/NJ border, just south of the more heavily trafficked Harriman.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

The high point view is nice!!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Varied terrain keeps it interesting. A couple of steep climbs, some scrambling, grassy areas, rocky areas--always something different. And amazing views of the NYC skyline.

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