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It's probably a nice hike...but AVOID if it recently rained. Drove out here to do the trail and after several go-arounds to get past flooded area, I finally couldn't find a way around one 30 min in. Had to turn back, disappointed. The routes around the flooded areas wouldn't be too bad except there appears to be poison ivy.

Great hike! Diverse trails and lovely reservoir views. Plenty of up and down but never too strenuous. Mushrooms and frogs galore! Keep an eye on those blazes, they can be hard to spot. The blue trail in particular was more overgrown and less clear, but fun nevertheless.

The trail was difficult to follow. There wasn’t much scenery. Constantly checking to see if you are still on the trail. Make sure you have a map handy or you will get lost.

If you plan to finish the loop, I'd definitely call it a "hard" level. I feel it hard for three reasons: 1 the white trail is very poorly marked. For several times I had to open the app to find my way back to the trail. 2 the white trail has a lot of ups and downs on very rocky surface. 3 the trail is not very popular so the trail path has not been well formed. Once you hit the blue trail, it became relatively easy.

Started in the Splitrock Road Boat Launch parking lot. Walked Across the Dam to the find the yellow trail on the left. Crossed onto the White Trail after that. Took about an hour to reach the hawk watch. A nice shorter alternative hike to reach the hawk watch. Pretty well maintained and marked trail.

Beautiful place

Walked it today with my dog. We were all alone. Had to walk thru about 10 inches of fresh snow and many down limbs and trees. Because of the conditions it took me about an hour longer than usual.

Great time to hike. Temp 52F. Footing fair to good.

I have hiked this trail 3 times over the past month. Great hike with my two water loving labradors.

Trail itself is alright enough. Nothing special only one really good view. The issue is getting there. Directions lead you to a small parking spot on the other side of a lake. You then have to hike around the lake for about a mile before even reaching the "start" of the hike. So no this is not a 5.4 mile hike. Expect to do an extra mile and a half to 2 miles round trip. The distance would be more justified if there was more to look at but unfortunately this trail just doesn't supply the sights.

No parking. Only 2 cars. Couldn’t do the trail.

I've been coming to these trails after work for the past few years. There are many side trails, and it has been a pleasure exploring them all. There are many dilapidated stone buildings and walls hidden in the brush that make you think back to when the mining works were in full swing. You can link these trails to create a different hike every time you come. Great training for my 2017 AT thru hike.

I parked at the Split Rock boat launch, walked across the dam to find the yellow trail on the left (immediately after crossing the dam), and followed it for approximately 2.75 miles until I hit a narrow gravel road. The yellow trail is very well marked, but it can get a little tricky when it overlaps Upper Hibernia Rd and a few small parking lots. Keep a sharp eye out and you should be fine. Swung a left onto the narrow gravel road to take a more direct route to the lookout. I believe it's a maintenance road to access some kind of electrical or cell phone tower. In all, it was 3 miles from where I parked, while a very relaxed and gradual elevation increase. The lookout was awesome! I then took the white trail back-- definitely more of a workout (frequent ups and downs in elevation). Eventually it links back up with the yellow trail and takes you back to Splitrock Reservoir! I also branched off at one point off the White trail to check out Beaver Pond (red trail). All in all, it was a 6 mile hike and was very fun!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

I had my two year old so only did 3 miles.
It was pretty though.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

The hike was wonderful! We lost the suggested trail 6 times. Trail markers started as yellow then orange, then blue then none at all, then white and finally yellow. Very easy to miss a turn. If we did not have a phone with a gps we would still be out there. The hike is worth it, just be prepared.

Friday, September 01, 2017

I went with my 2 dogs and 2 teenage sons. Started at lower hibernia road, bat caves and cemetery were cool. The lookout was awesome, but wish there was a loop. There are SOOOO many extra trails here, need to pay attention.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

GPS: I went to Lower Hibernia road instead. Right when you turn on to the road the trail head is immediately to your left.

Took the white trail around, and partial parts of the Yellow to make it a full loop. Good hike, decent elevation change. Can be made a 20+ mile loop when you connect it to split rock trails around the lake.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Very challenging but me and my brother did it in about 5 and a half hours. There were at least five times where we lost the blazes and walked a hundred yards or so down side trails by accident. As long as you pay close attention to the blazes its a great hike.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

The trail itself was moderately challenging, with spells of beautiful scenery, but trails are very poorly marked and sometimes nearly impossible to discern. There were frequent moments where I would only realize I had diverged from the path 100 yards after the fact, only to double back and try to find the correct course. If you can figure it out though, the trail really is pretty and the views from the mountain tops were great. I won't be going back because of the poor trail markings, but it was certainly worth hiking once.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Awesome hike! Simple and easy. The direction here leads you to another place.. but I actually parked at the 'main' entrance (?) where the welcome sign is by Green Pond Rd, if that helps. And from there, we just kept on following the Orange trail.

Breathtaking view! Didn't think it was that high haha. You'll see a very open and beautiful view. Makes the hike worth it.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Good easy trail to Hawk Ridge if you follow the orange trail. Good for kids.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Beautiful hike with an absolutely breathtaking overlook. The terrain was pretty easy. Towards the end we made our own trail down the side of the mountain. Definitely something you can go down but I would not suggest trying to go up that way.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Here is the tricky thing about this trail. If you use the GPS from this app it will take you down Split Rock Road, which has no/prohibits parking. The trail from this road does enter you on the White Dot trail. This trail is long and scenic, great woodland views and a few running creeks at the right times. Ultimately this trail from this entrance will bring you to the Hawk Watch point. However, if you are trying to find the Bat Cave or the Cemetery, this is not where you want to be. The Bat Cave and the Cemetery are off of "Lower Hibernia Road" in Rockaway. Just enter "Lower Hibernia Road" in your GPS. You can't miss the Wildcat Ridge parking lot marked by a large brown sign. Enter the trail and follow the White Dot trail. Once on the trail, the bat cave will be off to the right up a small hill. Can't miss it. The Cemetary is up a little further while on the White Dot trail. Enjoy!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Torn on this one. Construction at the lot caused us to have a time finding the trail. Once on the trail, it was fairly easy to follow. It was a challenging loop, but the trail was routed very strangely. At one point the blazes go up and over a rock formation that is in the middle of green woods. Why not just go around it? Of course another side trail was formed by people doing just that. In another area the trail parallels a double wide gravel road/atv trail about 30 feet in the woods and over a serious talus field. Again, why would they double the impact and create a trail when they could have adjoined with atv trail? The whole time I was thinking "why aren't we just walking on that." Some decent views of the lake. Make sure to have a map and don't miss your turnoffs.

Great trail. Along the creek, but no proper trail markers makes it hard to enter the trail. Once we made it from the parking lot it was great fun for kids and adults alike.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Really nice trail. Easy to moderate. View from the hawk watch is awesome and definitely worth the uphill climb. It really isn't marked well though and I found myself almost going on a different trail several times. It also is a very rocky trail. Saw two huge birds too, I think they were hawks. But I will do this trail again.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Spring 2015 I choose this hike for our first hike of the season and was disappointed. The only thing challenging was driving up the 200 pothole dirt road to the parking lot. There is a lot of construction going on and you can not cross by the dam which was one of the reasons I chose this hike. There were several construction workers near the parking lot and dam that never told us, "Don't go that way it's closed." We only did 3.5 miles in and turned around. Not much scenery and even though we had a clear day the wind was brutal coming off the water. The path didn't have much to it except you had to walk up half wet creeks causing your boots to sink in mud. Kayaking or fishing might be a better choice for this area. I'm not being picky either. I'm an experienced hiker and have been doing it for years.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Started out at the south end of the Four Birds Trail (White Trail) and hiked all the way up to the Hawkwatch overlook, an approximate distance of 2.5 miles. Took a little over an hour or so. Lots of up hill climbing, big boulders to go around, and nice streams and ponds every now and then. Hawkwatch overlook was nice. Saw a few people there looking for hawks and hanging out. Continued north for about another mile on Four Birds Trail (White Trail) and turned west onto the Red Trail. Hiked it for about another mile or so and turned back down south once we got to the Orange Trail which took us back to the south end of the Four Birds Trail. Approximate total distance 6 miles total. Make sure to bring a map if you decide to follow this path as Orange Trail is not marked going south (it is, however, marked going towards the Hawkwatch.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

There's an abandoned cemetery in the woods!!! Need I say more? This trails a 5 out of 5! Turn right at all the little dirt paths you see and look for the cemetery on the right. It's less then 3 miles in. Compass coordinates to entrance of cemetery (Lat, Long) 40.55'11"N, 74.33'44"W

Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10, 2013

Area is under construction...stay away from trail. A simple walk by the reservoir satisfied the need for beauty. Trail is poorly marked and terrain is rocky making the trail unappealing. Skip trail and just walk near reservoir. Maybe someone improve trail after construction is over. A local worker said the road would be "closed for a year" at some point soon.
Bruce B

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