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Great walking trail! Loved it! Just wish it wasn’t a paved walk, prefer natural trail under foot. Still loved it though!

Little bit of everything. Easy access off the AT makes it a great place to spend the night. Crater Lake is a great place to swim and also top off your water supply.

Great trail to run. Soggy in some spots. varied terrain with moderate climbs. Nice overview of the area. Almost guaranteed to see deer.

The views here are unreal. It's a really great challenge. The trails are blazed most of the way. You climb pretty fast, too. You have to make your own decision at the top to hang a left at the giant rock pile to get to the summit with all of the views. Went with trail sneakers, would definitely recommend boots. The rocks get slippery when it gets a bit colder.

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5 days ago

Went there on Nov 12 2018. Maybe nice park but for me did end up as terrifying day. The first one hour of hiking was very nice. On one of the trails I saw huge maybe 300 pounds black bear crossing the river toward our direction. Thankfully the bear did not see us I might think, so we run as fast as possible to the car parked 0.5 miles from the place we saw the bear. Also, my dog end up with two dear ticks crawling over his fur. I was able to remove those before they dig in into the skin. Hoping now there was no more.

6 miles is a good healthy hike with couple of steep climbs. Close to home. So finish and you can get home.

Went yesterday on an absolutely beautiful fall day. The two waterfalls we saw were incredible, as was most of the scenery. The trails weren’t super challenging but there were some points with steep elevation. Pretty crowded which negated any possibility of seeing wildlife. Also, we did get lost due some poorly marked trails, but we were able to get back on. Overall, if you avoid the wide heavily trafficked trails you are in for a great hike.

This is rough terrain, very hilly and rocky. It’s all uphill or down, with very few flat sections.

The surroundings are beautiful and you really a sense of being in the middle of a giant Forrest because the hills block views of anything man made for a good portion of it.

This late in the fall the leaves make staying on the trail tough, so keep an eye on the blazes to avoid missing turns.

Fun hike. Some hills some log obstacles. Trail a little hard to keep track of with all the fallen leaves.

Love this place, was here at 5am yesterday before the ice melted and it was perfect!

hiking
6 days ago

Small short trail with one incline. Overlooks Hooks Creek Lake.

Good spot nice varied views

We live near here and it’s one of our go-to family trails with the kids. Tea Cup is great in the summer for cooling off!

Stunning views from the summit. Very cool variety of terrain on the way there! Only negative is that certain areas flood quite heavily so you have to trudge through water and mud. Rather than soak our socks we went barefoot through the water so if you encounter that I recommend the same!

Took my kids on this hike and they loved it. My daughter was so excited she went ahead and eventually out of range of our radios and lost cel service. Thankful for the Vernon PD who quickly found her, on the other side of the mountain. Never a dull moment.

Unsure if the leave or poorly marked Trail was the reason, but we may have got a little of trail (aka lost) but it was terrible! Lot of nice views, friendly hikers helped point us in the correct direction. All and all a good day! Only advice is pay attention to the trail markers!!

A gentle two mile walk with very interesting scenery! Very flat and took about 45 minutes. The bog was interesting and we even saw a porcupine. I want to come back again and combine it with the monument trail.

Agree 100% with the reviewer below me. Awesome hike, but be careful after rain and do not bring your dog. My dog is like a mountain goat and we even had to sit down a few times to catch our breath and make a plan for our next step. Solid ground felt incredible after that hike!

Beautiful and easy walk. We turned right at the intersection in Hoffmans and then left onto the Columbia trail, which gives you a nice view of the gorge from above. We left the trail behind the bridge in Stonemill, walked on Cokesbury road to the intersection with Raritan River Road and from there back to the parking lot.

Nice Trail. Scenic views of Cliff
Saw a few Deers

great walk and place for your dog. beautiful birds and sunsets.

Good trail. Lots of side trails gives you some different options. Not much traffic, went on beautiful 60 degree day in early November and had the place to myself.

Very pretty trail in the fall

A short loop with a wide grassy/sandy path. A few other hikers.

A very nice trail. Colorful foliage. Easy hike.

great hike during the fall during the leave change, second time I did this trail. first time was in the snow just as pretty but a bit more challenging

CAUTION: There are confirmed rock avalanches after rain!

We started on the Long Path Trail and headed down to the rock scrambles that are over a mile long. You will climb, get on your hands and knees, sit on your behind and slide down boulders to get through. There's no question that this is appropriately marked as hard.

Please leave small children (under 12) and dogs at home. We saw plenty of both but we also saw plenty of dogs that were terrified to keep going forward and had to be carried making it dangerous for owners and their fur babies. We also saw fearless children enjoying the boulders but also some driven to tears by fear, too.

The climb back up is challenging since it is steep. We went peak fall so the leaves on the ground made everything slippery. Bring PLENTY of water and wear proper hiking shoes. Hubby went with sneakers and regretted not putting on hiking shoes.

Awesome hike and the description is absolutely true !!!

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